One story the pastor shared was about a man and his son walking through a cemetery and talking about the names of family members that had passed on. The boy asked his dad what the numbers meant, and he explained the first date was their birth and the second was the date of their death. The boy continued his questioning with, "what does the dash mean?" The father replied, "That's the most important part."
It got me thinking....
How is my dash?
When I am gone, what will people say about me?
About my life?
About my life?
God keeps bringing to my attention His words in Matthew. When He does that--when He keeps showing me the same truth in different places through different people, songs, and sermons, I know I need to stop and listen.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matt. 6: 19-21).
treasures in heaven
A blog friend of mine, calls each of her children "treasures". I think about the orphans coming to spend 3 weeks with us in July. Each one a treasure....
I pondered more during the eulogy as I listened to what his children and grandchildren said about him, I couldn't help but to wonder what my kids would say about me and my husband when we pass. What would they remember? What will they cherish when I'm gone?
In the same moment my mind (heart) went back to the kids we will have in our home in July who do not have a mom and dad. They have no inheritance. No family to make memories with. No dad to teach them Eskimo kisses. No mom to hold them when they hurt. No parents to celebrate their successes, their birthdays, or just them.
As I left the funeral, I prayed that I would let loose of any earthly treasure. That my treasure would be in heaven. That my "dash" would glorify God--that I would fully love, fully trust, fully hope in Him. And that I would feed Him, clothe Him, give Him water, and serve Him faithfully everyday, as I look into His face in "the least of these."
How's your dash?