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A Christ-Honoring Epitaph

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. (Psalm 145:4)

As a pastor, I sometimes officiate at graveside services. When I go through graveyards, I find myself looking at the headstones. Have you ever done that and looked at the epitaphs? As you are looking at the epitaphs, you will see that some of them are very interesting.

I came across several as I was looking at the Internet this last week. I want to share some of them with you. One of the epitaphs engraved on a tombstone said, “Here lies an atheist, all dressed up and nowhere to go.” Merv Griffin was a producer of many game shows and other TV shows. The epitaph on his tombstone reads like this, “I will not be right back after this message.” 

I found this humorous one for a man by the name of Jonathan Blake. He was killed in a car accident in Uniontown, Pennsylvania some years ago. It says, “Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake. He stepped on the gas instead of the brake.” Rodney Dangerfield’s epitaph says, “There goes the neighborhood.” A final one said, “Here lies the body of Mary Anne Bent. She kicked up her heels and away she went.”

On a more serious note, have you ever considered what you want to be written on your tombstone? What words would you like to represent the legacy you left while you were on this earth? It’s a pretty heavy question once you start to consider it. After all, the way we answer that question should determine the way we want to live our lives. Our answer should dictate how we treat people, what we prioritize, how we spend our time, and what kind of influence we have on others. 

The Lord wants us to make an impact for Him while we are still on earth. God urges you to be a light for Christ and point others to Jesus. I pray that you will live in such a way that your epitaph says, “a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ.” 

9 Comments

  1. Janet Broz on June 12, 2022 at 6:13 am

    Amen

  2. Kelly on June 12, 2022 at 6:49 am

    I’m trying but I will try harder

  3. Betty Laughlin on June 12, 2022 at 6:52 am

    I think my kids would put something similar to the last one on my tombstone.

  4. James W Howell on June 12, 2022 at 7:36 am

    Thank You JESUS God. Is Love.

  5. Larry Seale on June 12, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Addictated to The WORD, AMEN!!

  6. Susette Loughney on June 12, 2022 at 7:44 am

    I am not sure. My family just has there name. Amen

  7. Bob schmieding on June 12, 2022 at 9:17 am

    He was the man that God intended him to be

  8. Vanequa on June 12, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    Amen!

  9. Carol Knapp on June 14, 2022 at 6:41 am

    There is a tombstone which has the song “Beyond the Sunset on it in words and music in Warsaw, Indiana Its the stone of the author.

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