A Life That Counts
morning in 1888, Alfred Nobel - inventor of
dynamite, the man who had
spent his life amassing a fortune from the manufacture
and sale of weapons of destruction, awoke to read his
own obituary. Of course, it was a mistake. Alfred's
brother had died, and the reporter inadvertently wrote
the first time, Alfred Nobel saw himself as the world
saw him --
"the dynamite King," the
great industrialist who had made an immense
from explosives. This, as far as the general public
was concerned, was the entire purpose of his life.
None of his true intentions surfaced. Nothing was said
about his work to break down the barriers that
separated persons and ideas. He was quite simply "a
merchant of death,"
and for that alone would he be remembered.
read the obituary with HORROR! He felt that the
world must know the
true meaning and purpose of his life! He resolved to
do this through his last will and testament. The final
disposition of his fortune would show the world his
life's ideals. And at that time came into being yearly
prizes for chemistry, physics, medicine, literature --
and the famous Nobel Peace Prize. *
you were to read YOUR OWN obituary today, what would
How would others describe what truly mattered to you?
wise person has written:
hundred years from now, it will not matter
what kind of car I drove, how much money I made,
or where I lived.
What will be important is that I…
would YOU finish the quote? How you answer that
question will be reflected in your obituary. The rest
of the original quote is: " What
will be important is that I... made a difference in the life of a
child." Indeed, to make a
positive difference in the life of a child is
extremely important and commendable. However, THE MOST
IMPORTANT factor in our lives, when all is said and
Everything else is secondary.
NOTHING ELSE MATTERS MORE! Your eternal
destiny hinges on the answer....
of our sins, WE
are lost, doomed to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).
of Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on the
cross, YOU and I can be forgiven of our sins and have
the hope of eternal life with Him in heaven.
God provides these blessings to those who
will: place their trust
in Him (Hebrews 11:6), repent
of sin (2 Corinthians 7:9-10), confess
Christ (Romans 10:9-10), be baptized
(immersed) in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38), and live for Him the
rest of their lives (2 Corinthians 5:15).
are, you will not be reading your own obituary.
But you have already begun to WRITE it -- day by day,
moment by moment.
Live YOUR todays for
Christ, and tomorrow you will look back on a life that
God bless you!
A. Sargent, Minister
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
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