Two weeks ago my sister in law Brenda passed away. I’m not sure if it happens to everyone so I’ll avoid making a generalization, but death always makes me think about life. I’ve attended several funerals in which the speaker focused on “the dash” between a person’s birth date and the date they died. The “dash” represents the person’s life. It represents what occurred between a person being born and a person dying.
Proverbs 3:35 ESV states “The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace”.
Proverbs 3:35 KJV states “The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools”.
Inherit can be defined as “coming into the possession of something”.
Now, back to the “-“. Will our dashes place us in a situation in which we possess honor or disgrace when we die?
Lately I’ve been focused on “is my life impactful”? Does my being, my presence positively impact others? Will my dash be viewed as honorable or shameful?
I think to care about your “-“, you have to really be concerned about more than your self. You can’t be solely focused on personal wins and successes. There has to be a desire to serve others, to help someone, and to sacrifice so that others may gain or be given opportunities to achieve.
In short, our dashes will be more impactful if we consider others.
We should live our dashes well, as we only get one “-“.