They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” (Daniel 6:3–5, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What do you want on your tombstone? If you live in the U.S., you’ll remember that this was a clever slogan for Tombstone Pizza, popularizing the concept that you could have whatever you wanted on it.
But on a more somber note, people do not always get what they would like on the tombstone that marks their grave. How will people remember you? How would you like to be remembered?
American icon Benjamin Franklin composed his own epitaph, presumably the way he wanted to be remembered, with a touch of levity and a bit of irony:
The body of B. Franklin. Printer. Like the Cover of an old Book. Its contents torn out, and stript of its lettering and guilding, lies here. Food for Worms. But the work shall not be wholly lost. For it will, as he believ’d, appear once more in a new & more perfect edition. Corrected and amended by the Author.
Sometimes, the way we would like to be remembered, and the reality of how we will be remembered are quite a different matter. Hopefully, Ben Franklin’s belief was centered on Christ as his Redeemer, and he will indeed appear in a new and more perfect (glorified) edition. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV 1984).
For Daniel of the Old Testament, they were one in the same. Though his enemies tried to find fault in him, “they could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.” The only fault they could find was “something to do with the law of his God.” What an enviable legacy!
My Advice – I can’t improve on this advice from the Apostle Peter. “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (1 Peter 2:12, NIV 1984).