Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

OKUMF- The Shortest Day


Every day has 24 hours—1,440 minutes—86,400 seconds. Or does it? A short day is coming for all of us—a day when we will not reach the 86,400th second, and will pass on to our final reward.
We may have lived a long and useful life, filled with great memories. First, the “learning” years—youthful and vibrant time spent in school with classmates. Second, the “earning” years—that first job, building a career and meeting many friends and business associates. Third, the “retirement” years—when you finally have time to enjoy visits with all of your family and friends.
In many ways you have made a difference for family, friends and countless others during your lifetime. Yet there is one more part of life—the chance through your estate to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. And so I invite you to consider this story.
John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil in 1870 and became the richest man on the planet. When he passed away, his accountant was asked, “How much of an estate did he leave?” His accountant’s answer was: “All of it.”
During his lifetime John D. Rockefeller accumulated many assets. He also gave generously both during his lifetime and through his estate. But he also understood Psalm 49:16-17, “Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him (NIV).”
You also have accumulated and given. Yet in your estate the accumulation period is over. As was true with John D. Rockefeller, everything will be given to someone or for some purpose.
Thank you for your gifts to the Lord’s work during life. We know you have carefully thought and prayed about how much to give, to whom to give and how to give. Now we invite you to think about a “living legacy.”
This is called a “living legacy” from your estate because through this gift you live on—at least in the sense that your lifelong efforts for accumulation continue to bear fruit in helping others.
Many of our friends find great joy and satisfaction during life, knowing that their estate will someday make a great difference in the lives of others. By completing the Planning Your Legacy guide and an estate plan with benefits for family and charity, you too can join in that happiness.
Only the Lord knows if your “Shortest Day” is coming soon or is many years into the future. But your chance for the satisfaction of a legacy that touches many others can be here today. Thank you again for your generous support of those in need!
Contact David Battles at 800-259-6863 or send an email to dbattles@okumf.org to get a FREE COPY of the Planning Your Legacy guide.


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