The word eulogy comes from two Greek words – Eu (Good) and logos (word). When you or I give a eulogy, we bless another with good words. In our modern culture we tend to reserve this type of speech for eulogizing someone after they’re gone. Can you imagine the community where we blessed our family, friends, clients, and worthy competitors with a good word while they were still living?
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. This is another one of those lies we were told as kids. Words matter. Words fracture relationships between loved ones. Words create enemies. Words divide countries and communities of all kinds. Words have the power to break us down and build us up, right. So, here’s a question friend – why wait to share a good word until the dude’s dead? Why wait to bless a brother, sister, father, or mother? Why wait to bless a neighbor, nephew, or niece? Why wait to give a good word to a stranger, strong woman, or weak man? Why wait to give a eulogy?
Today is Mother’s Day as you know. I eulogized my mother for 90 minutes on my walk. She told me this was the longest time she’s talked to anyone in as long as she could remember. I called her to give her a good word and was blessed one hundred times by her in return. Jesus was right, it is more blessed to give than to receive. Give a good word to Mom (if she’s still with us) today, friends. Keep giving good words. Give more on Monday. Give more. Give and take care are good words, right?
Give and take care. Good.