I think the story of James Henry Smith is interesting. James died a few months back at age 55 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a zealous Pittsburgh Steelers fan. After his death his family planned for an unusual viewing of his body. Per the families request, instead of a coffin the funeral home placed James Henry’s body on a recliner, his feet crossed and a remote in his hand. A pack of cigarettes and beer were at his side, and a TV played a continuous loop of Pittsburgh Steeler highlights.
The family wanted friends to remember James Henry as he was every Sunday for his entire life. Everybody seemed to agree that this was an adequate depiction of him and his life. It was a picture of who he was.
While I love the originality of the story, I couldn’t help think how sad this was to me. What a poor way to spend every Sunday of your life and what a sad way to be remembered as a person. I’m a huge sports fan and I love Sunday afternoon football, but it’s surely not the way I want to be remembered. I want to be known for more than a lover the sports, hobbies or things.
- I want to be remembered for being a good dad.
- I want to be remembered for being a good husband.
- I want to be remembered for being a servant to others.
- And most of all I want to be remembered for being like Jesus.
I guess the question I have to ask myself is, “If I died today how would people remember me at my funeral?” That’s a tough question, but it’s a question we must all ask ourselves.
How do you want to be remembered?