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Thursday, June 19, 2014

What would you like to read in your obituary? Live today to make that happen - Daily Bible Reflections June 19,2014


NOBLE NOBEL
 
In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds. – Sirach 48:14
 
       One day, Alfred Nobel, a chemist, inventor and armaments manufacturer, read the newspaper and got the surprise of his life. Printed in bold letters in the obituary section was his name: Alfred Nobel, Inventor of Dynamite. They had mistaken him for his brother who recently died. Alfred took to heart the horror of being known and remembered for something as destructive as dynamite. So he employed his acquired wealth to establish what now is known as one of the most prized awards in the world: the Nobel Prize. Now, Alfred is remembered for his noble Nobel. I bet if he read his actual obituary again, he would have smiled.
       Friend, maybe you haven’t been living life “nobly.” All of us have done things we are not proud of. The good news is, we can right what’s wrong. Just as Alfred didn’t settle for leaving a less-than-noble legacy to the world, we can make the powerful choice to change. Elisha, in the reading above, was a true disciple of his mentor, Elijah. He, too, is remembered with the greatness of his predecessor.
       Recognize that God has purposed your life to be a blessing to others… not only now on earth, but even after. Fulfill your call and, by God’s grace, create the life a child of God should live. Jonathan Yogawin (jyogawin@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: What would you like to read in your obituary? Live today to make that happen.
 
Lord, may I be remembered as Your true disciple.
 
St. Romuald, abbot, pray for us.

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