“Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.”(John Stott)

Should I Publish My Obituary?

Sep 07, 2022 by Neva Bodin


By Neva Bodin

Walking and getting nowhere has never appealed to me. So, when I started on the treadmill at a Fitness Center, I was glad to see something besides a news program on the overhead TV. Frasier should make the time go faster and get my mind off this distasteful exercise, I thought.

It soon became evident that for some reason, obviously explained in the first half which I’d missed, Frasier’s obituary had been published, and his dad was now getting a boatload of snack baskets in sympathy.

However, Roz convinced an upset Frasier he wasn’t dead yet! So he should quit moaning because people thought he was, and start doing what he wanted to do in life. Frasier went home and started writing his own obituary. Wow! I thought, that’s really a neat idea!

            (An artist friend and I once joked about publishing our own obituary just to become famous—it seems artists are more famous after their deaths. We certainly needed some kind of help!)

            Frasier began listing all his accomplishments, not yet accomplished, that would sum up his life. I liked the concept.

            Everyone should have a mission statement, something we often only associate with organizations. A mission statement declares your purpose, your reason for existing.

"Set up road markers for yourself, make yourself signposts; consider well the highway,
    the road by which you went," says Jeremiah in chapter 31, verse 21. (NRSV)  I must consider the road I take in life, follow my mission, and place road markers to keep me on the chosen road.

I need little signs that I can pick up frequently to direct me—sticky notes that say, “Stick to the path God would have you go.”

My obit is going to be long, so I better start saving up for publishing costs in the Casper Star-Tribune now.