The book, published first by Gospel Light and later by Regal, focuses specifically on the Biblical letters of 1st and 2nd Timothy, wherein the Apostle Paul attempts to pass the reins of Christian leadership on to young Timothy. On p. 153, Dr. Mounce relates the following story:
I read of a journalist who was in charge of the obituaries. One day when he didn’t have any deaths to record, he put a sheet of blank paper in his typewriter and wrote his own name at the top.
He then found himself writing his own obituary: “I have been a good husband and a fine father. I have contributed to a number of worthy causes. I have left a reputation of absolute integrity. My friends are many.”
By the time he had finished the page, he had already committed himself to the task of living up to his own Obituary.*
In light of Dr. Mounce’s profound insight, I ask you the following questions. What would your own obituary look like? Are you satisfied with the thought? If not, should you do something to change the way it might read? And if so, would not today be a great day to start?
As the famous futurist Joel Barker once asked, “What do you have left to do in life?” Whatever it is, why not go and do it?!