Eulogy Virtues | Meditations
Being a college student, I have never given much thought to any virtues other than resume virtues. Right now anything and everything I can use on my resume is worth my time, my passion, and my money. Being a follower of Christ, I have always pursued eulogy virtues but I never actively devoted my time, my passion, and my money to these virtues. I was unfamiliar with the term eulogy virtues until one of the photographers I follow shared a post about what these virtues mean to him and how they are shaping everything he does.
I do not follow Eric Brown on Instagram because of my admiration for his photography portfolio. He is a wonderful and admirable photographer but I follow him because of his lack of posting professional work on Instagram. I follow him because of his raw, loving, inviting, passionate, and authentic (I could go on) photography. I have yet to meet Eric, but he is on my list of people to have coffee with. I cannot explain Eric's life as a friend, but I encourage you to go follow his Instagram, @ebrown_photo.
As I pour the foundation to this life, I seek to live not for resume virtues, but for the eulogy. I will not live for the purpose of myself but for the purpose doing something worthwhile. As David Brooks quotes Reinhold Niebuhr,
"Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;therefore we must be saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by that final form of love, which is forgiveness.”
Through our eulogy virtues we pass on the things that extend past our lifetime. We pass to the next generation the things we hope to see done in this world. Our resume is only good for as long as we work, it is our eulogy virtues that will transcend our lives. I can not articulate the manner of importance that these virtues carry but I encourage you to watch this Ted Talk and to read David Brooks article in the New York Times.