I read of a man who stood to speak at a 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 we spent alive on earth and now only those who loved us know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we have, 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 still can be rearranged.

To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives as we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile… remember 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 lived your dash?

This non-Christian poem points us toward a Christian fact that’s important for all of us to understand – that we can change our dash.

Here’s what you can take to the bank!

1 John 1:9:

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Brian Stephenson:

“You’re much more than the worst thing you’ve ever done.”

When we accept God’s forgiveness – forgive ourselves – forgive others and transform our lives —YES – YOU’LL BE PROUD OF of the things they say about how you lived your dash.

Jim Parker

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