Your Occupation Is Your Obituary

Did you ever stop and think about how people are remembered or defined? Usually, when people die there is a written obituary published. An obituary is defined as a death notice often accompanied with a brief biography of the person.

Sometimes, obituaries state accomplishments of the deceased person or if they are a military veteran. But overall, the obituary states the name of the person who died, when and where they were born, family members, their occupation, what they died from and where or when a service will be held and the body disposition.

But if you ask someone about a deceased person, they usually remember them based on their occupation. If someone asked you about Henry Ford you most likely would think auto maker. Or Thomas Edison, you might think light bulbs. When you think of Arnold Palmer you might think golfer. Or Charlton Heston you might think actor, Moses. Billy Graham you might think preacher. Every generation has people that stand out and that person is etched in the minds of the people living during that time.

But very few people are remembered through out generations. Yes, Jesus Christ is the main person who comes to mind. But how would you define Jesus?  Prophet? Son of God? God in the flesh? I would identify him as Saviour and Lord. And what about the disciples? Judas we would identify as traitor. The other disciples we might identify as fishermen.

Everyone starts out the same in life. Sure, some may have more or less opportunities based on when or where they were born, but we all start out the same. Some dedicate their life to helping others. But when people die, they are usually defined by their occupation.

If you walk through a cemetery you would see tombstones identifying the body in that grave. You would see a name, Born Date  –  Death Date. That person’s life is defined by their dash. I think it would be cool to define people under their dash. Something like:
Name, Born Date  ~
              Saved & Heaven Bound

                                                          Death Date

Although you may not consider yourself someone special for the world to take notice, God does.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 KJV  “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called :
[27] But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
[28] And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea , and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
[29] That no flesh should glory in his presence.
[30] But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
[31] That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

And even if the world does not recognize us or remember us, God is keeping track. 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 KJV  “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
[14] If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
[15] If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

So you might want to ask yourself, are you living for yourself or to make a legacy. What will your dash say about your life? What goals have you accomplished? What have you done for Jesus? It is never too late to make an impact on others. Make a plan, set some goals and then follow through. If you impact one soul for God’s glory, you have saved a soul from hell.

What is your dash?

Until next time.



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