I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. – Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
“On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:40)
What will YOUR epitaph say?
This is one of the most important questions you can ever answer to help guide you through your life to fulfill your destiny. When you live with the end in mind, you are much more likely to live on purpose. A good epitaph is something you will live for and are willing to die for.
Epitaph literally means “on the gravestone” in ancient Greek. It is text honoring the deceased, most commonly inscribed on a tombstone or plaque. A good epitaph is considered to be one that is memorable, or at least makes one think.
When I die, I want my epitaph to say “He loved Jesus! He loved people!” That’s how I want to be remembered. In a nutshell that’s fulfilling the Greatest Commandment, which is the theme verse for my life. Jesus taught that all the Law and all the prophets is wrapped up in that (Matthew 22:40). The Bible’s love chapter (1 Corinthians 13) says that love is the greatest of all character traits.
J. R. R. Tolkien, legendary author of “The Lord of the Rings”, is buried next to his wife, and on their tombstone the names “Beren” and “Lúthien” are engraved, a fact that sheds light on the love story of Beren and Lúthien which is recorded in several versions in his works.
When Tolkien’s wife died, he had her headstone engraved EDITH MARY TOLKIEN Lúthien 1889 – 1971, and when he died two years later he left orders for his own name to be written JOHN RONALD REUEL TOLKIEN Beren 1892 – 1973.
Heavenly Father, I praise You as the Alpha and the Omega. Everything begins and ends with You. May I live my life well so that when I die and rise to new life in Jesus Christ I may hear Your words “Well done good and faithful servant!” Thank You Jesus. Amen.
Link of the Day
Famous Epitaphs [http://http://www.alifeofblessing.org/content.cfm?id=2363]
Blessings to live with the end in mind!
• The best is yet to come! – Frank Sinatra
• Beren – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beren_%28character%29]
• In J. R. R. Tolkien’s legendarium, Beren is a fictional character who was the son of Barahir and Emeldir, a Man of the royal House of Bëor of Dorthonion. His romance with the Elf Lúthien is one of the great stories of the Elder Days.
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