I recently attended my grandmother’s funeral in South Dakota. Grandma was one hundred years old last summer. We celebrated her birthday only months ago. It was a joyful event with family from around the country. Now, family gathered one more time, perhaps the last time as a unit, to celebrate her life on earth and place her body to rest.
My grandmother was known for her knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. She made hundreds of blankets and doilies and gave them all away. Grandma was known for her fine needle work. If she discovered a mistake in a piece of work, she would undo the fabric to get back to where the mistake happened in order to remove the flaw and then slowly tread forward for hours to get back to where she left off. My grandmother was known for never complaining. She always had a smile and a kind word to share. She lived a good life for a long time.
We don’t always get a complete picture of a life at a funeral, partly because we choose to remember the best, not the worst in a person. But we do often get a pretty good idea of what was important to a person. It is these things that we remember a person by. I will remember my grandmother for all the above mentioned traits.
This causes me to wonder what people would remember me by if I were to die today. What would they say was important to me? Or, in the present tense, what is important to me today? That is likely what people see.
Most of us have something that we enjoy such as knitting, fishing, sports, or maybe even work. In and of themselves, there is nothing wrong with these interests. But it seems like a sad commentary when these types of things rise above the value of relationship to God and to family. In a movie I recently watched, a negligent irresponsible father was asked if he loved his wife and family. His reply was, “Of course, but I love myself more.” Granted this was a movie, but it sadly speaks for many whose lives are self-centered and without lasting meaning.
As usual, the Bible has an answer for us... Ephesians 5:1-2 reads, “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” There is not much I can add to such Godly instruction. Enjoy your day!