Thursday, 1 September 2016

Half Time - reflection on Bob Buford's book

I have picked up an old book that I read a long time ago, but one that is so worth reading again. It is called 'Half Time' by Bob Buford. Essentially Bob observes that we spend the first half of our lives trying to be Successful, but then we start to feel as if our achievements are empty - we then search for something deeper to fill the void. He argues that then the second half of our lives move towards a search for Significance. I think he has many wise points to make and it is a challenging read.

In the first chapter his book, Buford asks the reader to reflect on what your Epitaph will look like. He actually asks us to write our own Epitaph and then to reflect on how we will live towards these words. I find this a challenging question. What do you make of this? What would you want your final words to say?

“A tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough." - Alexander the Greats tombstone epitaph

Jeremiah 22:18-19 (MSG) - This is God’s epitaph on Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: “Doom to this man! Nobody will shed tears over him, ‘Poor, poor brother!’ Nobody will shed tears over him, ‘Poor, poor master!’ They’ll give him a donkey’s funeral, drag him out of the city and dump him.

Living in Grace

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