I then started reflecting on epitaphs, those sentences we leave on our tombstones for all of prosterity to see. The questions started flooding in: What sentence would define me ? What words would best describe my dreams, my goals, my aspirations, my achievements, my relationships ? We are such complex people, how can it all be reduced to one last saying ? If the passerby knew absolutely nothing about me, what could I tell them ? What do I really stand for ? What is at my core ?
I searched my soul for the basic truths I hold more than anything else. I have found 3:
- I was loved enough for Him to send his Son and graced enough to put my faith in Him
- The highest achievement I could reach is to be like Christ. And I take John 1:14,17's description of Him as my personal daily guide : 'filled with Grace and Truth'
- My purpose on this planet is to receive from God what he sends me and share with others
And while I don't expect my epitaph to be written soon, it was a blessing to reflect on what it would say.