The Old Testament books of Kings & Chronicles do exactly as their titles say: they chronicle the life and death of Israel’s & Judah’s kings – it’s their obituaries. As you read, you’ll notice two main phrases stand out:
“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”
“He did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord”
Both phrases are very telling, and describe in one sentence what God thought of all of their decades on earth. Some kings have obituaries that last multiple chapters, and others, only a few sentences. Either way, here’s the lesson: no matter how long or short you live, how impressive your feats are, or how many people serve you, God cares about one thing: did you do what was right in His eyes?
And keep in mind, both phrases end with “in the eyes of the Lord.” People will form their own opinions about you constantly, but their opinions are not what matters.
Live for the only opinion that lasts.
One day, when your obituary ends up in the newspaper, what will people say your life was all about?
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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