“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall.”
~ 1 Peter 1:24
Life is short. People pass away suddenly without warning.
This should cause us every Christian to pause and reflect on those who we need to make things right with. Is there someone you are harboring ill-will toward? Is there a person you haven’t forgiven? Is there someone you have been saying unkind things about, things you wouldn’t want others saying about you? Is there someone you should apologize to?
How would you feel if they suddenly were gone?
Remember: Life is like a vapor. And there’s no guarantee of tomorrow for any of us.
In the same vein, since my friend Michael Spencer’s untimely passing, what’s been running through my mind is, “Wouldn’t it have been nice for Michael to actually have heard all the beautiful things so many people have said about him from around the world while he was still alive?”
The word eulogize comes from the Greek word eulogeo . . . which is the NT word for “bless.” To bless is to speak well of.
Jesus exhorts us to bless (speak well of) those who persecute and mistreat us. How much more to bless — eulogize — those who have not.