The Obituary

It’s simply a public notification of death that includes highlights and those left behind. I would imagine that it would be easy to make statements that better the perspective of those reading the obituary. As I read my friend’s obituary….it was easy for me to believe the official statements because I had experienced these with him.

“He was the beloved husband…”

“Michael was a generous man who touched many lives and enjoyed helping other better themselves.”

“He will always be remembered as a loyal Dad and dedicated family man.”

Nearly 400 people came to pay their last respects last week with hundreds from all over the country expressing themselves on social media.

“Only a few people have greatly impacted my life and Mike certainly did”

“It won’t be the same without you there”

“I said goodbye to a great man who made a difference to so many people”

His life wasn’t much different than the lives we each live. It had great moments. It had plenty of challenges and setbacks. He never allowed success or failures to define him. He was simply a humble man that did he best every day. He touched many lives. His legacy will continue to impact those that knew him.

An obituary might be the final official statement of a person’s life; however it truly says very little.

As husbands and fathers…..where do we want your statement to end?

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others – Philippians 2:3-4

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