Who doesn’t want a good looking resume? If you want to land a job worth keeping, you’re advised to have a resume that will make potential employers call you, and better yet, hire you. Resume’s are often the first look at your life, your accomplishments, and the key moments that may or may not give you the job of your choosing. But resumes are the surface. The best. The shining you. At least the good ones. But, a resume doesn’t reveal your heart, the core, your true character. What will? Your eulogy!
Eulogy’s, or “Youlogy’s”, as I like to call them, are the stories of praise that people share about you at funerals. By the time you get to the end of your days, what is spoken of you, both publicly, and privately is the real you. It’s the true you. Why would someone give you praise for a poor life after your dead? They won’t!
In his book, “Who Switched the Price Tags?”, Anthony Campolo related the words of the pastor of a black Baptist church, speaking to a group of college students in his congregation. Campolo wrote,
“Children,” he said, “you’re going to die!…One of these days, they’re going to take you out to the cemetery, drop you in a hole, throw some dirt on your face, and go back to the church and eat potato salad.
“When you were born,” he said, “you alone were crying and everybody else was happy. The important questions I want to ask is this: When you die are you alone going to be happy, leaving everybody else crying? When they lay you in the grave, are people going to stand around reciting the fancy titles you earned, or are they going to stand around giving stories of the good things you did for them?…Will you leave behind just a newspaper column telling people how important you were, or will you leave crying people who share stories of how they’ve lost the best friend they ever had.”
So….shine up that resume, but work way harder on that eulogy prep.