1 : an inscription on or at a tomb or a grave in memory of the one buried there
2 : a brief statement commemorating or epitomizing a deceased person or something past
I have to admit, this is not something that we traditionally like to think about. I happen to be of a minority class of people. It is not because I am a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant that is 6'6" and weighs over 300 pounds. Yes, all that is true, but is more in line with the fact that since I was a youth I have enjoyed cemeteries. No, it is not a weird ghoulish reason that has anything to do with a fascination of the dead, but rather the history of the past.
This last week, my pastor and I (Steve Rice) went on a roadtrip to Frankfort. By the way, Steve also writes a great Blog at www.stephencraigrice.com We were going to lunch and decided to kill a few minutes and drive around Frankfort, KY. If you have ever been there, you know the State Capitol sits down in a valley alongside the Kentucky River, but on the bluff overlooking the city is an old cemetery. Steve had never been to the Frankfort Cemetery, so I decided to go show him where Daniel Boone and Paul Sawyier are buried. While there, it reminded me of all of the different epitaph's I have seen on grave stones through the years.
If the Lord tarries and you are removed from this earth, what will your gravestone say? Will it say that you always got your reports turned in on time, and faithfully attended church every time the doors were open? Maybe it will say that you coached little league, and faithfully fulfilled the duties as Secretary of the Homeowners Association. Will it say that you were a Good-Ole-Boy that always treated people with respect? Although these are all good "Things" do they really speak to the Heart of a person?
Matthew 25:21 (ESV) says, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant...Enter into the Joy of yourMaster." This is what I want the Lord to say to me. This is the Attaboy that I will receive in Confidence.
What do you want said about You?