Last Monday, my dad and I preached my uncle’s funeral. I have known him my whole, life, but I learned a lot about him at his funeral. I remember him being more quiet and reserved than most of my family. He was low-key, soft-spoken, and gentle. Also, unlike most of us, he was skinny. My dad always referred to him as “tight”, meaning he did not like to spend money. But Monday, I learned he bought my dad his first car. Then, when my dad scraped the side of another person’s car, my uncle gave him $400 (more than 50 years ago) to pay for the damage. He taught my aunt and two uncles to swim, hand-made sling-shots and loading chutes for his younger siblings as Christmas presents, and helped me learn how to shoot. He never spent a lot of money, but he leaves a legacy of generosity.
Little comforts a grieving family more than seeing that other people loved and respected the loved one. “A good name is better than a good ointment,” (Ecc. 7:1). “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth,” (Prov. 22:1). A person’s reputation is determined far more by their deeds than by their words. As Jesus said, “For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit” (Lk 6:43-44). What fruit are you producing? It will be your legacy.