With the recent death of the Reverend Billy Graham, this poem was read on a Christian radio station as a tribute to Billy Graham's humble and simple ministry to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has definitely made me think about how I am using the precious time God has given to me this side of heaven to bring others to him. I hope you enjoy the poem and that it causes you to think about your "dash".....we only get one chance to live this life! Make it count for Jesus Christ!
I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.
So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time
is left that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash…would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent YOUR dash?
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