This has been an extremely emotional weekend. While I was preparing to go out of town to attend the funeral of a close family friend, I received word that another friend and colleague had also died. After the initial shock began to subside, I became very reflective. Death has an extraordinary way of compelling you to reflect on not only the life of your loved one, but also your own life.
During the funeral service on Saturday, as I sat listening to all the wonderful tributes and the celebration of life, I was reminded of the quote “Live full, Die Empty.” I found myself reflecting on my own life. Am I living full? Am I utilizing my God-given talents to the fullest? I am using the resources He’s blessed me with to impact lives? I wondered what would be said about me if it was my funeral. How would those who knew me reflect on the live I lived?
One thing’s for certain, I want the life I live to speak for me. I want to be remembered as a person who loved God with all her heart and strove daily to pleased Him. I want to die knowing that I was the best wife, mother, sister, friend and entrepreneur I could be. I want to live full and die empty. I don’t want to take my gifts and talents, my ambitions and visions to the grave with me.
- Are you living full?
- Do you have unrealized dreams that you haven’t taken action to fulfill?
- What is one thing you want to be remembered by?
SN: My heart and prayer goes out to the parent’s of Trayvon Martin. In light of Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict, I pray that God comfort their hearts and give them peace like only He can. You don’t have to be a person of color to imagine the heartbreak of a mother losing her child as a result of an avoidable altercation initiated by someone else.