Today is my birthday! It marks the beginning date of my life here on earth, or at least the day I took my first breath of fresh air! I began nine months prior to that, which would have been Christmas day!
The story goes that my mother got a new Sunbeam Mixmaster for Christmas that year,
Anyway, moving right along...today, __ # of years ago, I took my first breath...and you know the story about how on a tombstone you see two dates? The birthdate, and then a DASH, and then the date of death. The DASH represents all these years in between birth and death...in other words, our LIFE...and what we do with it. We are all living in our "DASH" right now. There is not enough room on a tombstone to list all the things we did during our "DASH"... but hopefully we are making an impact for good on someone, somewhere, someway, during our DASH years. The things we do and say and think about and write about are all a part of our DASH. That is our legacy that we leave behind us. We can't take any of it with us...no fancy cars, houses, clothes or things...it all stays behind. The only thing we can take with us are the things we do here that impact the lives of others for good, for Christ's sake.
Have you ever heard the quote, "Only one life, twill soon be past; Only what's done for Christ will last." ? I had heard it many times in my early adult years, but never knew who said it. I just looked it up. His name was Charles Studd, and he was a British Missionary, who lived from December 1860 - July 1931. Being a missionary, I expect there's a lot of life and blessings in his DASH. Yikes, he only lived to be the very same age as me! Oops, I didn't mean to give that away.
I just found this picture on Pinterest, but we actually used to have this exact same little plaque on our wall for many years. I don't know what happened to it. It may be in the bottom of a box somewhere. It was very old, but it always meant so much to us, I don't know why it disappeared. It may show up someday. But anyway...having a birthday tends to make one think about such things as how one is living her "DASH"...