Monday, July 26, 2010

Whatever You Do, Do Well!

Whatever you do, do well.
For when you go to the grave,
there will be no work or planning
or knowledge or wisdom.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT)

On July 13th, my family suffered a great loss; the tragic and sudden passing of my father-in-law. On a road trip from Los Angeles to Greenwood, MS to mourn the death of his own father, he was involved in a single car accident which took his life at just 58 years old. The headlines of the local newspaper eerily read: Family Reunion Now Double Funeral.

Although the Book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a season and a time for everything including death, I feel safe in saying that for many of us, there are still times that we would much rather pass us by. This would easily be in my top ten.

Upon hearing the news, one of my initial reactions after allowing the shock to subside was that this just was not fair. It wasn't fair that God would allow my husband's best friend in the world to be snatched from him. It wasn't fair that Reagan's beloved Papa wouldn't be making his first visit to Atlanta as we had planned in the months before. It wasn't fair that he wouldn't get to see my little brother-in-law graduate from college. It just wasn't fair.


But the more I've read Ecclesiastes over these last several days, I'm reminded continuously of the outlook that Pops had on life; an outlook that I believe subliminally he implanted in each of us in preparation for this time. I can't speak for my husband or my in-laws although I know many will share in this recap with me and even have much more to add, but here's what he taught me in our short 7 1/2 years together:

1. Cherish your family. Never allow distance to stop your loved ones from knowing that they are truly loved.

2. Prioritize. Family, first. Friends, second. Work, third. Work won't come to see about you or take care of you when you're sick.

3. Tell stories about the ones that have gone before us. Doing so can create a bond between two souls who haven't even met.

4. Cook like you're feeding an army and make sure that all feel welcome.

5. Whistle while you dance. It just looks cool.

6. Do things right the first time and you won't have to worry about wasting time later.

7. Whatever you do, do it well and represent the Washington name correctly!

I could go on and on, but the point is I've found solace in accepting this time to mourn, but the time to celebrate his life will be eternal in my book. My children will know about their grandfather and feel his presence much like we all did when he would tell stories about his own mother.

Although many of you didn't have a chance to meet him, my hope is that you will take one of the seven points above and incorporate it into your own life in some way. Trust me, he'll get a kick out of knowing that his life continues to bless others.

Seek Wisdom, Find Wealth & Be Blessed

10 comments:

Portia said...

This is a beautiful dedication to your father-in-law. He left all of you with a legacy that will continue to honor his presence in this world. I continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.

黃錢靜怡慧婷 said...

這不過是滑一跤,並不是死掉而爬不起來了。..................................................

DaniloM_W志竹olff0615 said...

人生像一杯茶,若一飲而盡,會提早見到杯底..................................................

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凱v胡倫 said...

大肚能容,了卻人間多少事,滿腔歡喜,笑開天下古今愁。..................................................

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偉曹琬 said...

人生是一連串的課程,必須活過才能明白。......................................................

怡涂涂涂均 said...

希望能常常看到你的更新............................................................

麗王王珠 said...

生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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