Saturday, January 16, 2010
Living Your Life Backwards
"Bidding The Buglar Goodbye" was the headlines in today's local paper, along with these pictures. The Buglar was Tom Larner, a much beloved local policeman who also played trumpet at his church. He died at age 36 after a two year battle with cancer. For his funeral, many local streets were closed and policemen came from far and wide. Fifty policemen had met for over a week, even before Tom died, to plan the procession routes and protocol of the funeral. It was big. It made the headlines. His casket was pulled by horses, there was a bagpiper in traditional Scottish dress, alone on a hill. And after the 21 gun salute, a lone buglar played "Taps" for his fallen buglar friend. Plaintive. Most of my posts are uplifting, but a promise I made when I started this blog was to write about how I see God in my everyday life. And this was what touched me the most today and inspired this post. It got me to thinking about a devotional I read a long time ago that I've never forgotten and always take to heart. It's about living your life backwards. Live your life as If you were watching your funeral. What will people say about you and remember you for? I have heard this said about many people at their funerals. "I never heard him say a bad word about anyone." What a fine thing to aspire to! Something much better than many of the unattainable New Year's Resolutions I have heard. Psalm 116:15 says this: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." My commentary says this means that God is close to us even in death, and He carefully choses the time when we will be called in to His presence. So perhaps this post is not so bleak after all.