Inspired by “Welcome To My Funeral”
The Lord’s loved ones are precious to him; it grieves him when they die. (Psalm 116:15)
As I slowly drove away from the memorial service, my mind was racing a hundred different directions. Memories of the past, thoughts of the present, and worries about the future all struggled for resolution in the wake of a grievous situation. Yet one underlying question kept coming to the forefront of my reflections: what will they say at my memorial service?
Someone has said that you are not ready to live unless you are ready to die. This was incredibly evident to me after hearing Dustin’s family reminisce about his constant and unwavering commitment to Christ and fearless attitude towards death. Dustin was a really good friend of mine who tragically got cancer while in High School. The thing that amazed me most about Dustin was that he never complained about what God had given, but he used it to witness to doctors,, friends, even strangers. He lived his life everyday as if it were his last. As I sat towards the back and witnessed the hundreds upon hundreds of lives that were forever touched by one godly life, I realized that I have a long way to go.
Perhaps it sounds a bit morbid, but we all might do well to start visualizing what our funeral might be like. I’m not talking about a gloomy pre-occupation with our own mortality, rather that we should consider the attitude of one of the wisest men ever to have lived:
It is better to spend your time at funerals than at festivals. For you are going to die, and you should think about it while there is still time. (Ecclesiastes 7:2)
What a contrast to today’s ‘party on’ mentality! Of course Solomon knew that since this life is a rapidly evaporating mist, we all should consider what kind of fragrance we will leave behind.
Allow me to suggest a valuable exercise relevant to this important topic. Take some time this weekend to reflect on three different areas that will have an enormous bearing on the day of your funeral.
Painful as this may be, it is a worthy undertaking. You must make certain that you have made peace with all people as much as it is possible. You do not want to carry bitterness and grudges to the grave. There is nothing you can do to change all that has come before you, so you might as well let it go before it destroys you.
Difficult as it may be, it is crucial to keep your mind on the moment. You need to live each moment in the power of the Spirit, considering others more important than yourself. Your basic and primary mission should be to “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Luke 10:27).
Unforeseeable as this may be, it is wise to plan ahead. Based on how you have lived your life so far, think about who would show up at your funeral. Think also about what the theme of the message would be if it accurately reflected your life. Consider who would step to the front if there was an ‘open microphone’ at your service, and what would they say.
Every day is a gift. When we wake up each morning, we have no idea if it will be our last. So, my challenge to you as I close is to live each day as it were your last. Be bold in your faith, go out of your way to make a difference, and always keep your eyes on the prize of Heaven and the blessing of hearing well done good and faithful servant.
Davon “P-2” Anderson is a a Christian Rap artist from Atlantic City, NJ. Welcome to my Funeral is from P-2’s first full length release titled “Welcome to the Faith” “Welcome to the faith can be found on iTunes or at her website. For more information about Davon you can go to his facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/rapperp2
Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to www.facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org