I needed to write the message for a funeral the other day. As I thought about the person and about what to say, I looked at her Facebook feed. She shared posts of others, she made some personal comments, and she had some one-sentence sayings, the kind that appear in a block of color. Like “We can trust God to handle the things that overwhelm us”. July 20.
So I kept looking at those one-sentence sayings going back for the last year. And they became the heart of the message I prepared, the words of Kay to her family and friends as they gathered to grieve her loss.
Her posts were perfect. Over the last year, she spoke truth about turning to God and being loved by God. Her words, shared every week or two, gave us a trail of wisdom and encouragement from a woman who was known for her encouragement.
It is, I think, a practical illustration of Paul’s instructions: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
It makes me wonder a little about the legacy our tweets or instagram posts or status updates would provide. Most of us aren’t thinking about writing our own eulogy.
But perhaps that’s exactly what we are doing. Or could be.
Thanks Kay. You did good.