"I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ... Isaiah 41:10
My buddy, Ann, shared at Facebook a photo she snapped and oh! Read the part in italics--
Wow, that's haunted me--in a good way. "She hath done what she could."
Now personally, I'm planning to be cremated (deal with it. heh.), but if I wasn't? I'd choose that wonderful phrase for my own tombstone, but tweaked a bit--
She loved Jesus--
And she hath done what she could.
Why do I so appreciate the phrase given to Lucy P.? Perhaps because to me it says --
Lucy did her best, even on crazy days, then trusted God to do what she couldn't.
Lucy didn't waste hours moaning, nagging, complaining. She kept busy with good things.
On her sick days, Lucy did what she could, then leaned back upon her pillow and gave herself permission to rest without guilt.
Lucy did what God called her to do rather than make herself insane attempting to do what others could. (This realization helped her not resent anyone.)
Yep, Lucy's tombstone reminds me to reach out for Grace in all my tasks. To be faithful, yet not frenzied. Steady, but able to take breaks. And calm, reminding myself that God 'knows my frame and remembers I am dust'.
And how sweet to know that God and Grace daily help this 'bit of dust' so that--by her life's end--she'll know 'she hath done what she could'.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." ... Romans 15:13
Always choose to heal, not to hurt, to forgive not to despise, to persevere not to quit, to smile not to frown, and to love not to hate! At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought, but what we built, not what we got, but what we shared, not our competence but our character, and not our success but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life that cares...
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