Did you read the story of James Henry Smith? According to news accounts, James Henry Smith loved many things, but what he loved most was the Pittsburg Steelers. When he died, his family made an unusual request. Smith's family asked the funeral home to place his body in a recliner in front of a television playing Steelers highlights, holding a remote control. They dressed him in Steeler's colors. On a table next to the deceased were a pack of cigarettes and a can of beer. This is how family and friends remembered him in life. There is nothing wrong with liking sports and nothing wrong with liking the Steelers. Still, this incident prompts a pertinent question. If you were to die, what would people remember as your greatest passion?

 

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.