Funeral Reflections

Today I preached a funeral for a 52 year old woman who lost her battle with cancer.  She spent 29 years as an educator for the Nederland School District.  There were around 300 people in attendance.  It was standing room only with an overflow room.  As I looked over the crowd I was struck with awe of how someone could make such an impact in a secular job. 

We often think that people can only make a difference if they are a minister or working full-time in some type of service job.  But the truth is, no matter what vocation we have, we can make a difference.  Being a teacher is a calling.  It is the opportunity to develop young people’s lives.  This dear lady we buried, took her job as an educator seriously.  She had found her calling.  There were dozens of former students who came to pay their last respects to her.

I began to wonder, “How many people would attend my funeral? Have I made an impact on other people’s lives enough for them to pay their last respects when I am gone?  Will I be missed when I have left this world?”  It makes me take more seriously my calling as a pastor and preacher of the gospel.  To want to touch more people.  To want to lead them to life everlasting.

So, how many people do you think will come to your funeral?  What would they say about you when you are gone?  Will you be missed when you die?  Find your calling, whether secular, volunteer or ministry, and touch as many lives as you can.  God will use you in mighty ways if you are willing!

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