“And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord.” (Romans 14:8 NLT)
James Bosworth was a war hero, surviving a suicide mission at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 that needlessly claimed hundreds of British Cavalry and was immortalized in Tennyson’s poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”. Years later, while operating as a station manager, he was killed in a freak accident by a locomotive. The irony of his death was found on his tombstone epitaph:
“Though shot and shell flew around fast, On Balaclava’s plain, Unscathed he passed, to fall at last, Run over by a train.”
Death is not something many folks want to talk about, yet it is as much a part of life as any other aspect. We all live, we will all die. And yet, what will our death say about us? How will we be remembered? As the hermit with no friends to mourn him? As the scared spinster that was too afraid to find the zest of life? As one who was religious but not very holy?
You are living your epitaph now. So live as you would like to be remembered! Be the one who loves people, who seized the moments, and had a passionate relationship with the Savior! Pass from this life to the next as an inspiration to follow! Your are loved!