Last week I blogged about an amazing, Godly woman named Beulah whose funeral celebration I was privileged to share in. I mentioned in that blog that the tough part of planning the service was trying to fit in all the details of her life. The same was true of blogging about her so here is part 2.
There are many things about Beulah’s life that are noteworthy; but most remarkable to me was a daily code she lived by composed of nine specific items. She modified it slightly – adding a #10 – and left one for both Kent and Don (her sons) with a personal note of encouragement at the bottom. At the top she wrote:
“Always remember God’s Laws – guidelines for living a good life.”
- Honesty – best policy.
- Look for good in others. (observe shortcomings only to avoid)
- Praise (criticism and anger alienate).
- Be thoughtful, helpful.
- Express appreciation.
- Be a good, interested listener (much to learn).
- Today is the important day – make it worthwhile.
- Cheerfulness and neatness are important factors of a good life.
- Daily prayers – to praise our Lord, seek guidance, and keep in touch with our Heavenly Father – source of strength, peace and joy.
- Save for retirement.
How many people do you know that actually take the time to write out the core values they believe in and want to live by? Not many! Look at them again and see if you notice anything familiar. Do you see it? I didn’t at first, but as I was thinking about them the other day it dawned on me why they seemed familiar.
When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment in the Law He replied:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” ~ Matthew 22:37-40
I don’t know if she intended them to be, but Beulah’s 10 guidelines are specific expressions of how we go about “Loving God and loving others”.
Jesus taught it. Beulah lived it. Countless lives were touched. It’s a new day and a new week. By God’s grace, may we go and do the same!