II Chronicles 21:20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.
What a sad story we find in this verse. He had a short public life. He died, and it was ok with everyone. He died, and no one cared. He was unwanted. He died without being desired. They buried him like they do all dead people. He was a king but got a regular funeral and burial place. He had lived and died unwanted. He didn’t make any friends in life. He didn’t influence any people to do right. He died unwanted.
I consider my death and funeral. I am not trying to be morbid, but I do not want to die unwanted. I hope to have influenced people enough that I will at least be missed. Don’t you? Don’t you desire to leave a mark here on this earth? I am not talking about trying to be popular but about making a difference.
Where are the people you have led to the Lord? Where are the people that you have influenced for good? Where are you, children and grandchildren?
I will not be at my funeral, but I am planning it now. Not in the literal sense but in the way I live and the lives I touch. No one wants to die unwanted. The only way to avoid that is to live life on purpose. To make a difference, to allow God to use you and then you will have accomplished something.
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