With a Dash of some Famous Last Words

Okay throughout history there have been some pretty interesting quotes of people’s last words before they died.

One such is by Gen. John Sedgwick during the US Civil War who is quoted to say

They [the confederates] couldn’t hit an elephant from this dist…

He was shot before he could finish the sentence.

Others include

Don’t worry they usually don’t swim backwards — Steve Irwin (the Crocodile Hunter)

and

Okay, Just wondering — Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Or even the last known words of King David in 1 Kings 2:8-9

 “And remember, you have with you Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, who called down bitter curses on me the day I went to Mahanaim. When he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the Lord: ‘I will not put you to death by the sword.’ But now, do not consider him innocent. You are a man of wisdom; you will know what to do to him. Bring his gray head down to the grave in blood.”

Now being a graduating senior at Huntington University, I have volunteered to co-lead/start a Jr High/ High School youth group about three years ago. Last Sunday night was the last time I will see many of them as it was my last youth group meeting before my graduation. So in my final lesson I shared this with them.

I started out by having them match people with their last known words. Included were quotes of Bible characters, Disney characters, and actual people who I thought they would recognize. However some of them were a little out of their time. Although they instantly got the famous last words of Gollum of  Lord of the Rings and it took them a little longer to figure out Steve Irwin or Dale Earnhardt Sr.

I then handed out sheets of paper shaped like tombstones. They put name and dates of birth and a fake death date, any time they wanted, then had them write a few words of what others would say.

Then I went into this

When someone looks at a tomb stone, all they really look at is the day you were born and the day that you died. They don’t take into consideration that little dash that connects them. included in that dash are all the events of your life. Your first birthday, your first loose tooth, the first day of school, the last day of school, prom, the day you get married, the day you have your first child, grandchild, and great-grandchild. Everyone overlooks that stuff.

Are you living your dash in such a way that God could say well done when you go to meet him?

Are you living your dash in a way that others will be able to say good things about you?

My leaving starts a new time for this group. I may never come back, There was a time when the Israelites lost a great leader. They had just lost Moses, the man who had lead them out of Egypt, who had been used by God to show Pharaoh many plagues.

I then read Joshua 1:1-9

God will never leave you nor will ever forsake you. Even when you fail as you will do often, he will always be there to catch you and comfort you. People will leave you and will let you down, but know that the God of Bible will never let you down. You may not always understand what he is doing or how he is doing it, but know that it is always for the better.

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