Dec 312017

Toward the end of the nineteenth century-

Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel awoke one morning to read his own obituary in the local newspaper:

”Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, who died yesterday, devised a way for more people to be killed in a war than ever before, and he died a very rich man.”

Actually, it was Alfred’s older brother who had died.

A newspaper reporter had bungled the epitaph.

But the account had a profound effect on Nobel.

He decided he wanted to be known for something other than developing the means to kill people efficiently and for amassing a fortune in the process.

So he initiated the Nobel Prize-

– the award for scientists and writers who foster peace.

Nobel said:

”Every man ought to have the chance to correct his epitaph in midstream and write a new one.”

Few things will change you as much as looking at your own life as though it were finished.

What kind of legacy will you leave behind one day-

– when you are gone from this earth?

Will your children, grandchildren, and family members remember you-

– as one who followed obediently after the Lord each day of your life?

You and I are surrounded by people-family, friends, and acquaintances-who are watching the words we use and the things we do in this life.

It’s not too late to begin writing your epitaph.

Strive to leave a legacy-

– that will bring others to Jesus.

Ask the Lord to make your life a testimony-

– of His love and grace to those around you and those you leave behind.


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