- Allen Domelle
Departed Without Desire
2 Chronicles 21:20
Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.
One of the saddest statements that could be said about a person is said about Jehoram, the king of Judah. It was said that he departed without being desired. He died with wealth, but he departed without being desired. He was successful in life because he became a king, but departed without being desired. He was at the top of the world when he died, but departed without being desired. He was the leader of his family, but departed without being desired. This young man lived a short thirty and two years, but his life meant nothing because he departed without being desired.
This phrase brings two things to mind. First, you will die one day, and you should desire that when you die, you have left such an impact on others that you depart with being desired. I have done the funerals of young and old, and it does not matter the age; some who have departed without desire, and some have departed leaving a great impact on those whose paths they crossed. You should live your life in such a manner that when you die, you have left a lasting impact for good on those who live around you.
Second, you should desire to leave every place better than when you went to that place. I would hope that you are not the one that others are glad that you have left. You should make such an impact on the lives of others that when you leave their presence, you leave being desired to stay. We all know those who, when they leave, everyone is happy that they left. That should not be said or thought about you. You should live such a life that people would wish you had stayed when you leave a place. There are three ways you can leave life or a place with being desired.
First, live your life for others, and you will depart life or a place with being desired. If you live for self, you will depart without being desired. You cannot make life about you and leave places with being desired. Your life should be all about others. When you make your life about others, you will make a good impact on them when you are around them. People desire to be with people who have made an impact on their lives for good. You cannot make an impact on others for good when you are living for self. Living for others is the key to leaving life or place with being desired.
Second, be good to everyone because everyone is having a tough time. I end my daily podcast by telling people to be good to everyone because everyone is having a tough time. Others don't have to be good to you for you to be good to them; you choose to be good to others. When you realize everyone is having a tough time, you will realize their need for you to be good to them. Many act the way they do because they are going through a tough time. You should be the person to make their time a bit easier.
Third, do your best to help or cheer someone every day. My daily prayer is, “Lord, lead me across the path of someone I can help or cheer who you would help or cheer if you were in my shoes.” At the top of your daily agenda for accomplishments, make it your goal to help someone who needs help, or cheer someone who needs encouragement, or lead someone to Christ who is lost. You will leave life with being desired if you do these three things.