Who and how we love, are true measures of how we live
My brother Phil just sent me a belated birthday gift - two ideas for this column. Both topics came from a weekend retreat we attended and the first one asks us examine our lives in an unusual manner by asking:
"Are you living your resume or your eulogy?"
Of course, our resume is designed to impress potential employers, college admission officers and others with our educational achievements, our accomplishments in our various jobs, and honors and recognition we have received.
However, these are not likely to matter much after we died. People don't come to your funeral because you were in the National Honor Society or because you were Salesperson of the Year in 1992.
By contrast, our eulogy reveals what people thought about us. Maybe you didn't bring home the Nobel Prize, but you did bring them a container of chicken noodle soup when they were sick. Even if you didn't make it to the top of some corporation, you might have been the person who fixed kids' bicycles.
Resumes don't tell the whole story about our life - just what we want people to know about us. Eulogies are not fully revealing about our life. They come much closer to capturing what it was they made us special, but they do not provide a complete picture.
Resumes show our educational and work accomplishments and eulogies reveal more about what kind of person we were, but the only completely true picture of the person we were is found in God's book.
There we will find how well we did on what truly matters. Did we love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength? Did we love others as ourselves?
Resumes give a limited picture of us, while eulogies offer more insight into who we were and what we did.
However, it is what is written in God's book that will show how we lived this life and where we will live for eternity.
Who and how we love, are true measures of how we live.