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BONUS BLOG: Your Resume and Your Eulogy

June 16, 2020

We’re halfway through this month of Joe’s Useful Notebook Excerpts, (J.U.N.E). I’d intended to just present significant quotes without any commentary from me.

Then life happened.

I’ve already pointed you in recent days to Five Prayers for People in The Midst of Injustice, and now comes this —

1st, Three Funerals in Two Days

A very close friend and colleague already has three funerals scheduled on Friday and Saturday…and this is only Monday.

Seasons, or even days, like that happen to pastors.  It’s one of many occupational hazards people on the other side of ministry seldom see or hear about.

Couple three funerals in two days with our current pandemic/post-pandemic/pre-second-wave-pandemic/whatever-season-this-is.

It gives one pause.

At least it sure does me.

2nd. “Your Resume and Your Eulogy”

I read an interview on a secular business site with Anne Grady earlier today, and in it she said “Your resume and your eulogy should not be the same thing.”


Or, for some of us: KaBOOM!

3rd,  “You Fool!”

Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions,” Christ Jesus said. And then he told this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.  He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:15-21)

4th,  “Well Done!”

Christ Jesus also said, “A man was going on a journey. He called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.  To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:14-21)

5th,  “Your Resume and Your Eulogy” Again

Go over numbers 3 and 4 again.


I’ll wait.

Then see if you don’t think Christ Jesus would agree with Anne Grady that “Your resume and your eulogy should not be the same thing.”


Tons of stuff packed up in there about things like difference between prioritizing our schedules and scheduling our priorities.

Join me over the next several days in praying about one or two of what those things are for you.

And then take appropriate action.

Feel free to rinse and repeat as needed.

And as always, I’d love to hear from you about any of this, through any of the usual ways.

And in case you’re wondering, “So who’s Anne Grady?” here ya go:

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