I know I shouldn’t judge a person by the messages in the cards, but I think there was a message in this deck.
I attended a retirement party for one of my husband’s co-workers. The invitation said no gifts, but cards were welcome. As people arrived at the restaurant for the party, they dropped their cards in a pile next to a large cake.
After a delicious meal was served, the retiree opened his cards and passed them around the room for everyone to read. There were silly cards, humorous cards, crude cards, and outrageous cards. Notes and comments were written on the cards and read by those around the tables as the mountain of well-wishing sentiments was passed along.
As I read the cards that came to me, I found a theme ringing through the messages: this guest of honor liked to party and was definitely a fun guy. Not much else was said.
I wondered what would be written if I were the recipient of this pile of cards at my retirement party. I hoped there would be evidence that I loved and served the Lord and my family, and that I cared about people—evidence my life counted for something. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but this cover told me this man’s life was lived without much purpose.
I want to live my life with purpose—now and in the future. God has ordained a purpose for my life, and I want to fulfill what He created me to do. When it’s my retirement party, I want that message to come through loud and clear.
Make sure there’s a meaningful legacy revealed in your cards.
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