“There’ll be two dates on your tombstone,
and all your friends will read ‘em.
But all that’s gonna matter is…….
That little dash between ‘em”.
A few years ago, I stood at my father’s grave for the first time. There, engraved in stone was: “G. VIRGIL VAIL – July 25, 1891 (dash) December 6, 1942”. According to those dates, my father was 51 years old when he died. That little dash represents 51 years of my father’s life.
Everyone reading this already has the date of their birth. We are all now working on the "dash". What are you doing with yours?
Think about some of the greatest blessings you currently have in your life.
Your peace of mind
Sharing a porch swing on a summer evening with your grandchild
Seeing your wife’s face in the glow of a candle
Putting your arm into your husband’s as you stroll through the golden leaves and breathe the brisk autumn air
Listening to your six-year-old thank God for everything from goldfish to Grandma
An early morning coffee while everyone is asleep
Sitting at the Thanksgiving table or near a Christmas tree
Tears in your eyes during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
You have hands, feet, eyes and ears
You know how to read and write
You live in America
You are relatively sane
Exactly how are you measuring your life?
Remember, life is the little dash on the tombstone.