One of the realities of life is death. We live and then die or we die and never truly live. Alan Sachs stated, “Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives”. The sad tragedy of death is that most people die, and never really live. On January 1st 2014 I was awakened to a phone call that I will never forget; it was my youngest sister telling me that our mother had just passed away unexpectedly. This was another reminder of the reality of death. My mother, Jewel Lindsey, wasn’t just a person who just died; she actually lived for God, ministry and her children.
There’s an old poem about the man who never lived:
“There was a very cautious man
Who never laughed or played
He never risked, he never tried,
He never sang or prayed.
And when he one day passed away,
His insurance was denied,
For since he never really lived,
They claimed he never really died.” – Anonymous
Before you die, I recommend that you live your life to the fullest. The average person’s lifespan is 25, 550 days.We all receive 24 hours per day and 168 hours per week. Moses asked God to teach him to number his days so that he could gain a heart of wisdom (Ps. 90:22). It’s not how long you live, it’s how well you live, and it’s not the duration of your life, it’s your donation towards life.
Jewel Lindsey gave so much of herself away by helping, loving and encouraging others. In the words of Mahalia Jackson, “If I can help somebody, as I pass along, If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song, if I can show somebody, how they’re travelling wrong, Then my living shall not be in vain”. Due to the donations my mother deposited into this world, she will be remembered for generations to come.
Before you die what will you leave? What will be your mark? How will you be remembered? What words will be scripted on your tombstone? How will you be commemorated? What will your eulogy be? What will be your tribute? My mother Jewel Lindsey will be remembered for her life, love, leadership and legacy.