In his book Who Switched the Price Tags?, Tony Campolo related the words of the minister of a black Baptist church, speaking to a group of college students in his congregation.
Here's what the preacher said...
“Children”, he said, “you’re going to die!…One of these days, they’re going to take you out to the cemetery, drop you in a hole, throw some dirt on your face, and go back to the church and eat potato salad.
“When you were born”, he said, “you alone were crying and everybody else was happy. The important questions I want to ask are: When you die, are you alone going to be happy, leaving everybody else crying?"
"The answer depends on whether you live to get titles or you live to get testimonies. When they lay you in the grave, are people going to stand around reciting the fancy titles you earned, or are they going to stand around giving testimonies of the good things you did for them?… Will you leave behind just newspaper columns telling people how important you were, or will you leave crying people who give testimonies of how they’ve lost the best friend they ever had.”