The End of Your Story

My friends Jason and Kyle are talking a lot about story lately, but here’s a twist on your story that comes from a conversation had by Rachel the other day that she shared with me last night. This kind of follows on Kyle’s post today.

How would you like your obituary to read?

What would you think of your obit  saying only “(Name here) denied him/herself, took up his/her cross, and followed Christ daily.”

This, of course, is not something one could claim about oneself, but it is exactly what Jesus said any who follow him would do.

Obituaries vary greatly in length, specificity, and especially the stories they tell of the deceased. Though I’m sure some people write their own, yours won’t be published until after you are gone.

How might what you would want written about you differ from what others will write?

Published by Steve Heyduck

I am a United Methodist pastor, currently appointed as Pastor of OvillaUnited Methodist Church in Ovilla, Texas. I am also the husband of Rachel and father of 3 - Robbie, Eliza, and Liam. I am an ardent nonconstantian and a postmodern Christian. (I am also happy to talk with you about what these things mean to me)

2 thoughts on “The End of Your Story

  1. i really believe that i would want my friends and family writing what they remember than what i remember…i find energy in others telling my story b/c it offers me insight (though if i am dead i don’t really receive that do i?) into the story my life is telling/will have told. maybe i’ll ask them to do this sooner rather than later…

  2. As one who does many funerals but never writes obituaries, I’d say an important task of an obituary is to situate a person in various stories or communities. While their life actions might be important, their relationships are more important.

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