I’m not planning on dying any time soon, but when I do, I know what I want inscribed on my tombstone.
For some people, thinking about death while they’re still alive seems morbid, but it should be just the opposite.
Our mortality should be our greatest motivator.
- Rick Warren, in his book, A Purpose Driven Life, challenges us to think about death this way:
You may feel it’s morbid to think about death, but actually it’s unhealthy to live in denial of death. Only a fool would go through life unprepared for what we know will eventually happen. You need to think more about eternity, not less. When we fully comprehend that there is more to life than just here and now, and you realize that life is just preparation for eternity, you will begin to live life differently.
- Gary Thomas, in his book, Seeking the Face Of God, says it this way:
Most of us recognize that we will eventually die, but this recognition is reserved for a distant event decades from now; not today, not this week, not this month, not this year. Death is a foreigner, not a close neighbor. The ancients [however] found great spiritual benefit in looking death in the face and seizing its reality and making it their servant. They used death to teach them how to live.
It’s important for you to know that the four words I want inscribed on my tombstone isn’t something I just came up with while writing this blog. This isn’t a fabrication for dramatic affect. I’ve known for the last fifteen years (if not longer) what I want on my tombstone when I die.
These four words are a paraphrase of Hebrews 11:13, “All these people were still living by faith when they died.” And the reason they mean so much to me is because they describe how I want to live and how I want to die.
It’s no secret, we are all going to die. So when you do, do you know what you want written on your tombstone? It’s something worth thinking about and worth thinking about now.
Ken L Roberts
PS – In my next blog I’ll share the top 10 to 15 responses of what people want written on their tombstone. So please leave a comment noting what you would like on your tombstone and then watch for my next blog and see if your’s is one of the ones choosen.
I’d love to hear your response. Please leave a comment.