"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works." ~ Hebrews 10:24
When was the last time you eulogized someone? I am not talking about at a funeral or memorial service, but while a friend or family member is still living? The word "eulogy" comes from the classical Greek, which means to "praise. We often think of eulogies being reserved for those who have passed away, but it doesn't have to be so. Why do we need to wait for someone to pass away, before we eulogize them with praise, consideration, and to stir up love and good works?
Eulogies are always the best that could be said about an individual while they were living. It's always a reflection of positive attributes and outward praise. Many of us can formulate many great words of encouragement towards others. However, there is always that one family member or acquaintance that always gets on your nerves; where you cannot think of anything nice to say about them. However, I guarantee you that when that thorn passes away, only the nicest things are said about them.
I want to encourage you to write a eulogy about your friends and family, as if they had just passed away. Start your eulogies about the ones who annoy you the most. Remember, your eulogy is about praise, consideration, love, good works, encouragement. Finally, after you have written a page or two, submit your letter in the mail, to the respective individual. Above all else, do not expect for the recipient to reciprocate a response. Remember, love does not expect acknowledgement or a return favor.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."