My Eulogy– In Advance #EverydayJesus LinkUp

Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day! 

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Kick the bucket. Pushing up daisies. Worm food. Gone to the other side. Passed on. In a better place.

= Dead.

There is something of a stigma surrounding death. Which I get. Sort of. (Don’t freak out. This post isn’t going to be exceptionally morbid. Just hang with me.)

Thanks to Adam and Eve’s forbidden fruit fiasco in the garden, ALL of us will eventually die. Our world is all about living life to the fullest, counting our days, treasuring our moments. And rightly so. Because our time on earth is fleeting. As it says in James, we are just a vapor and our life is but a mist.

I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the cessation of my time on earth. But as Christians, sometimes it is healthy to think a little farther than what is for supper or how many appointments we have on the calendar next week.

God has given us the opportunity to leave a legacy. A legacy not for us– but for Him. Although our physical, breathing lives are very limited, the spiritual implications of our lives can be eternal.

And that all starts with having an eternal perspective as we seek Jesus in our Everyday.

I have been working through several bible studies this year and God continues to put this idea of being eternally-minded on my heart.

One optional homework challenge for my bible study was to write my eulogy… In advance.

Some people would see that task and totally wig out. I don’t want to think about my death! It depresses me! Give me more time, Jesus! 

But for me, it is a motivator. I want to leave something behind that will last when I pass away, be that in 10 minutes or 70 more years.

Cemetery Cross

I pray that this pseudo-eulogy doesn’t make me sound like Braggy McBraggerson. My hope is that this brief reflection of my life fuels my heart to continually be transformed so that when that glorious day of heading Home to see Jesus face to face DOES come, it is more true than false.

And now, in loving memory in advance, I present– my eulogy.

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Today, we celebrate the life of Sharita. Notice that I emphasize the word celebrate. Although we mourn her absence on this earth, this is a ginormous party going on in heaven right now, for one of the Lord’s own has arrived home. 

Sharita’s life was not one of perfection– believe me, she had her faults. But she was constantly on a quest to become more and more like Jesus everyday. She was not a fan of Jesus, sitting in the stands cheering Him on… But she was a follower. She wallowed through the trenches, got her hands dirty, as she worked through the power of the Holy Spirit to minister and encourage those around her. 

Sometimes, people thought Sharita was a little bit crazy.  She didn’t take that as an insult, but a compliment. She figured if she was going to be deemed a little bit nuts, who better to be crazy for than the Savior of our world! Sharita sacrificed opportunities and did things for Christ that made other folks raise eyebrows. But even nonbelievers could see something different about her. Sharita’s charismatic personality and heart for Jesus would draw even the most wary into His presence. 

Sharita held a variety of roles in her life-  wife, mama, friend, coach and encourager. But none of her roles brought her more joy than her call as a minister and as a daughter of the One Most High. Her ability to hear from the Spirit and speak truth while simultaneously sharing His grace was a gift that could only be achieved through anointing of the Lord. 

So today friends, let us rejoice. Let us rejoice that Sharita spent her days working for rewards that don’t tarnish with time but remain forever. If she were here today, she wouldn’t tell you that she has died for the first time– but she has died daily for decades. Today signifies only her physical death. She ran her race strong to the finish. There is no doubt in my mind that as her last moments on earth ticked away, she was greeted by the Lord with open arms, enveloped into a hug, greeted with kiss on the forehead as He whispered those words she longed to hear: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” 

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Sweet friends– what key points do you hope that your eulogy encompasses? I would love to hear– please share below in the comments.

Writing this eulogy has really made me think deeply about how God is working in my life– and encourages me to continue to seek transformation so that when that fateful day DOES come, all of the above words will ring true.

Now maybe it is just me, but I feel like singing a rousing round of “To God be the Glory” and getting in line for a ceremonial potluck.

Living for Eternity,

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“Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
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Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?”
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  1. Sharita – I am so glad I am not the only one who thinks of these sort of things. I have already let a few know which songs I would like played at my funeral as I want others to focus on the joy of the Lord & not my passing. May we live to honor Him in all we do. Every single day. So glad to have “met” you in this life so I can rejoice with you through all eternity! XO
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  2. Sharita, I too am always very mindful of the legacy I want to leave behind. I journal inspirational quotes; my Bible(s) with copious notes and more recently a journaling Bible. I hope that even after I’m gone, that the Lord will speak to my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren through my testimonies to either draw them to Himself or to spur them on to continue in the work of the Lord.

    When my husband was in seminary, an exercise they had the students due was to prepare a “life map” in which you would map out your life as you saw God beginning to call you and throughout your walk with Him. Your eulogy reminded me of that exercise.

    We are studying the fruits of the Spirit and as you stated, to see how God is working in your life and the fruit He is producing is very encouraging.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Easter!

    • Ah, Karen– Thank you so much for your rich comment! I am so encouraged. I have done something like a life map too– very cool to remember God’s faithfulness and great fuel to live for Tomorrow!

  3. These words are so true and if we considered them daily, the world might just be a different place: “Although our physical, breathing lives are very limited, the spiritual implications of our lives can be eternal.”

    I don’t think that this exercise is morbid but rather it is a way to search our hearts that we might know what is there. Knowing what motivates us is an important aspect in living lives that are intentional for Christ.

    Thank you for the reminder today and for the link-up. Blessings to you and yours this Holy Week, Sharita!
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    • So glad you don’t think this is creepy, Heather. I may or may not have gotten all misty when writing it. (Weird.) But it has really inspired me to focus on the eternal instead of the immediate. Thanks for joining our little community!

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