What Will Your Dash Say?

2 Kings 13:10 – 13 – 10 In the thirty-seventh year of Joash king of Judah, Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz became king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned sixteen years. 11 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord. He did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, but walked in them. 12 Now the rest of the acts of Joash, all that he did, and his might with which he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 13 So Joash rested with his fathers. Then Jeroboam sat on his throne. And Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
Recently, I put a “thought of the day” on our Facebook page that said: “One’s funeral will define what mattered most to them.” I think that this statement is very true. I have also heard that when you look at a person’s tombstone, it is not the birth or death date that matters, it is the dash in between. What will the dash between the two dates say about you? What will the people that speak at your funeral say about you? When I perform a funeral service, I often remind the audience that the message that is given was not prepared by me, but rather it was prepared by the person as they lived each day. Was their message an example that we should follow? Was their life a reminder of things to avoid? Or, was it a combination of both?

As I read today verses, I was surprised to see that there was really nothing to say about a king that “reigned sixteen years” over Israel except to say that “he did evil in the sight of the Lord“. That was it — “he did evil“. Did he do nothing to help Israel? Was he a great conqueror? Did he do anything to help improve the lives of the people? Apparently, the dash between his two dates didn’t have much to say. What about you? As you look at your life, what is your dash saying? Are you honoring and serving the Lord the way that He intended you to? Or, are you doing evil in the sight of the Lord? Unfortunately, we only get one shot at our dash and it is your dash that people will remember you by. Make sure you live your life today in such a way that will make you and the Lord proud of your dash.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

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