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The Dashed Line! It is What Counts!

Why is the dashed line on your tomb stone count? Well this is what you have done with your life while you were on Earth (from birth to death).

The Dashed Line (photo compliments of MetroGraphicServices)

The Dashed Line (photo compliments of MetroGraphicServices)

Why is this important?

Did you do things to

benefit the Kingdom of God or have you done things to hinder the benefit of the Kingdom of God?

This is the time that we have to reach the lost and save them. The Great Commission. We are called to share the Gospel to everyone. So take advantage of your dashed line while you are living to share the Gospel.

Witness to people, evangelize, hand out Gospel Tracks, etc. Do whatever you can do save the lost from dying and going to hell. After all don’t you want people you know to go to heaven with you?

Think of it this way, in the movie “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry”, Mr. Sprerry says while in a cemetery, listen to the tomb stones. “Do you hear that?” … “You can hear whispers …”

“Why didn’t you tell me about Jesus!”

Tell someone today about Jesus, we never know when it will be our time to leave Earth and end the dashed mark or even another persons.

How are you living your life? What are you doing to benefit the Kingdom of God? What will your dashed line say about you? Will God be pleased with your dashed line? Are you breaking the chains?


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My name is Steve Patterson and I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I have been blogging at Courageous Christian Father since 2012, however, I have been blogging since around 2004. At church I help with the youth, van ministry, ushering or wherever else needed. Currently, I am working on my bachelors of theology. I am a father of an adult child. I work as a graphic designer. I also love listening to nothing but Christian Music. I am an Eagle Scout class of 1994. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle.


  1. Henry Doty says:

    Thanks for the message. What counts is what took place between those two dates on the tombstone

  2. Yes sir. Did you get saved … Did you share gospel. etc. It’s what you make of it.

  3. Lynn Poe says:

    I had a friend give me the dash poem the other day saying,. you are part of my dash

  4. I’ve not seen that poem

  5. Lynn Poe says:

    ‘The Dash’ by Linda Ellis
    I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on her casket from beginning to the end. He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth and now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.

    For it matters not, how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash,

    What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

    So think about this long and hard; Are there things you would like to change?

    For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.

    If we could just slow down enough to consider what is true and real

    and always try to understand the way other people feel.

    And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more

    and love the people in our lives like we have never loved before.

    If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile,

    Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

    So when your eulogy is being read with your life’s actions to rehash…

    Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

  6. wow awesome that’s a very good point thank you for sharing it here. it goes well with what I just blogged about

  7. Lynn Poe says:

    yes, made me think of it. i just received the poem Sunday night @ life group.

  8. nice yeah I saw somebody on Facebook it just said dash ministry … next thing you know I had my blog post. thanks again for sharing that poem.

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