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Light and Shadow

Living Your Dash

There is the day that you were born and the day you will die

In the middle is The Dash

When you're a pastor you do a lot of funerals. 

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I’ve done hundreds.

One day, arriving early, I looked around at the hundreds of gravestones around me.  I was impressed by the variety.  If you haven’t noticed, gravestones come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Some are ornate, others simple.  Some are large and expensive, others are small and more budget friendly.  Some are old and weathered, while others are sitting at the head of freshly turned soil.  Some have beautiful tributes inscribed in stone giving testimony to the person buried beneath.  Others simply offer a name, followed by the date of birth and the date of death.  

Then it dawned on me that there was one common denominator shared by every single headstone.

It was the dash. 

Between the date of birth and date of death, there was a dash on every gravestone.  As I focused on one particular dash, I suddenly realized how that short line represented something of great significance. 

It was a symbol of the deceased person's entire life.  Everything that happened in that person's life - from the day he exited his mother's womb to the day he entered eternity - was represented in that single dash.

There I stood in the cemetery, surrounded by thousands of gravestones with thousands of dashes.  I began to wonder how these people, unknown to me, had lived their dashes. 

Were their dashes filled with meaning and purpose? 

Did they live their dashes by serving others or serving themselves? 

What would their friends and family say about the value of their individual friend’s dash? 

Did their dashes leave a positive legacy on the planet, or did they waste their dash? 


How about you? 

Are you dedicated to a dash of significance? 

If you are, I’ve got good news!  It’s actually very simple:

Find your life purpose and fulfill it. 


Now you might say, “Sure it’s simple – but it’s not easy!

Of course it’s not easy!  Things of value are never easy.

But the question of what makes life meaningful – and why we should care about it – is not the realm of the philosopher or pastor; it is the common soil of every man, woman, boy and girl.

In fact, you’re already running your race.

The question is: is it a race worth running?


My gift to you.

I’ve dedicated my life to helping people find and fulfill God’s purpose for their life.  I really want to help you!  Here’s my gift to you: a FREE e-copy of an excerpt of my book, Living Your Dash.  I’d be so honored if you downloaded that copy and really thought about it. 


But wait, there’s more! 

If you come and visit me on any Sunday at Grace Community Church, I will give you the full version of this book for free, just for visiting us. 

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Life is like a parachute jump; you've got to get it right the first time."  My prayer for you is that you find and fulfill God's purpose for your life. 

So - what are you waiting for? Let's get going!

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