Dying With Our Boots On

There weren’t more than 30 people at his funeral. He wasn’t famous. Not many knew his face. Nobody would have picked him out in a crowd.

But in God’s economy, Ron is priceless.

He served his wife, his children, his country, and his Lord. And in his last days, unable to walk, missing an arm, he ministered to others through encouragement, prayer, and preaching in the veterans facility that he called home.

Tom and I visited Ron and instead of us lifting his spirits, he lifted ours.

As I listened to his eulogy I thought of the movie, Secondhand Lions. Two old guys played by Robert Duvall and Michael Caine finish out  their lives on a piece of land in the middle of nowhere. They make a pact to “Die with their boots on.” And that’s just what they did. At 80-plus years, they accidently fly a plane into their garage.

In the car on the way home from the funeral, I looked at Tom, “Ron died with his boots on.”

He knew what I meant. Tom and I made the same pact when we moved to North Carolina to farm. We told our kids we’d work til we died and all we wanted was to be tilled into the ground. And after farming for over two years, if we are able to continue, that is probably how we will die. And maybe sooner than later.

But Ron’s life was more than physical labor.

The Apostle Paul states in his second letter to Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

Life isn’t about how much stuff you have or how famous you are or if only 30 people show up at your funeral. Life is about how you live and how you die. Our US dollar may be stable but God’s economy is eternal.

And His is the only one that counts.

In the end.

That’s the economy Tom and I want to invest in–eternity.

And we want to arrive there–you guessed it, with our boots on.


2 Comments on "Dying With Our Boots On"

  1. Melinda S says:

    just a wonderful piece.

  2. Pauline says:

    Thanks so much for your encouragement, Melinda!

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