Whatsoever Things Are Lovely ~ Think On These Things

 

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.  He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning to the end.

 

He noted that first came the date of her birth

And spoke the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years.

 

For that dash represents all the time

That she spent alive on earth.

And now only those who loved her

Know what that little line is worth.

 

For it matters not how much we own:

The cars, the house, the cash,

What matters is how we live and love

And how we spend our dash.

 

So think about this long and hard

Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left,

That can still be rearranged.

 

If we could just slow down enough

To consider what’s true and real

And always try to understand

The way other people feel.

 

And be less quick to anger,

And show appreciation more,

And love the people in our lives

Like we’ve never loved before.

 

If we treat each other with respect,

And more often wear a smile

Remembering that this special dash

Might only last a little while.

 

So, when your eulogy is being read

With your life’s actions to rehash,

Would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent your dash?

 

~ Linda Ellis

 

Colossians 4:5  Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Psalms 103:16 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

Psalms 103:16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

Ecclesiastes 7:1  A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Eccleiastes 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

 

 

 

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