On My Memorial Stone

I have glorified You on the earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. (John 17:4)

What will I be able to claim at the end of my life?

Sure, people might describe me with the usual words and phrases: “She was a good person, a good mom. She cared. She was helpful.”

Not to sound ungrateful, but those declarations aren’t enough for me. Those things seem so temporary. Oh, they’re good things, but they’re not lasting. They lose meaning out of context, because their meaning is to the people who experienced and felt them. There is more to this life than this life. It is a piece, not the whole.

I want to glorify God. I want Him to determine the meaning and purpose of what I do and who I am.

I want to complete the work He gives me to do. That means I don’t get to rush through a task, check it as “done,” then move on. It means I don’t set my own path and rationalize how He would be pleased. It means I don’t just try to perform what I think He would like, but I ask Him and respond in relationship. It means it’s more about Him than me.

I don’t know if I will be able to claim I have glorified God by completely the work He gives me to do. But I hope so. It’s the best statement I can imagine begin written on my memorial stone. More importantly, it’s the best thing I can imagine saying to God.

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