When looking for some words of wisdom to finish off the week, I came across a story about Alfred Nobel, the originator of the Nobel Peace Prize. Apparently when his brother died the local newspaper made a critical error and Alfred read not his brother’s obituary, but his own! As a young man Alfred Nobel had been involved in the invention of dynamite and this premature obituary focused on the terrible death and destruction this powerful force had brought into the world. Nobel was devastated! He wanted to be known as a man of peace! He quickly realised that if his obituary was to be rewritten he would have to do it himself by changing the nature of his life.
What would your obituary say? What would you be remembered for? The good news is, if you don’t like the way your life is shaping up you CAN change it! But if you keep doing what you have always done, you will get what you have always got. So what are you going to do about it? Here are seven suggestions:
Remember the past and learn from it!
Expect the best for the future – it hasn’t been written yet!
Spot warning signs early and deal with them!
Plan a balanced life, which leaves room for fun and spontaneity?
Express your feelings, seek deep level communication!
Commit yourself to someone, and be prepared to grow through the hard times!
Treasure what God has given you and be thankful!
This can be applied to your work situation or your home life, but the fact is without RESPECT for yourself and your calling you will not become who you want to be! Don’t live a life of regret, do something today to build respect in your life and leave an obituary you will be proud to own. You may not win a Nobel Peace Prize, but to win self-respect and the respect of your spouse and family is priceless. It is never too late to change!
Chaplain Ian Whitley