Famous Last Words

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you.'”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Luke 12:20

When my sister and I were having our yearly “sisterly adventure” out West in her RV, we encountered some beautiful sights, some of which in our overactive imaginations presented potentially life-threatening possibilities. During the hours of driving through these gorgeous, albeit hazardous places, we amused ourselves by compiling a list of

                                 LAST WORDS: 

“Trust me, I know what I’m doing.”

“Watch this!”

“How hard could it be?”

“You did get the brakes fixed, didn’t you?”

“This isn’t loaded, is it?”

“Just one more step back …”

“Aw, how cute! Here kitty-kitty!”

“Does this fuse seem a little short to you?”

“Uh… I don’t think that light is the end of the tunnel.”

“Stop nagging! I’m not driving THAT fast!”

“It’s not that long a jump. I’ll make it.”

“This always worked before.”

“What semi?”

“I think I parked far enough off the road …”

“Moose aren’t aggressive, are they?”

“Don’t worry, that bear’s not interested in my sandwich.”

“The fence is to keep the animals in, not me out.”

“I think it’s sturdy enough.”

“The coast is clear – let’s go!”

“Are you sure this is a safe neighborhood?”

“This plant has a great safety record – 28 months without an accident!”

“Ha! I can beat that!”

“Those berries tasted great, but they have a funny aftertaste.”

“I know my way out. I’ve been exploring caves for years.”

“Wheeeee!!! I feel like a circus performer!”

“This ski slope is bigger than the pictures.”

“I’ve had it with this slowpoke, I’m passing!”

“Don’t worry, it’s more afraid of us than we are of it.”

“I’ll be right back. I just want to get a good shot of the canyon without this stupid railing in the way.”

“I don’t usually pick up hitchhikers, but what the heck…”

“OK, what idiot packed this parachuuuu…..   !?”

“You don’ suppose those orange cones mean I can’t go there, do you?”

“What does ‘Verboten’ mean?”

“What’s ‘non-potable’?”

“I think pirates made this drink – check out the label.”

                                    FAMOUS LAST WORDS:

“Not even God himself could sink this ship.”
— Employee of the White Star Line, at the launch of the Titanic, May 31, 1911

                                 NOT-SO-FUNNY LAST WORDS: 

“I know, I should get right with God, and I’m going to do it soon. Right now I’m so busy …”

“I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ ”                        Luke 12:18-19


Prayer: Lord, we are so easily distracted by the trivial, the immediate, the materialistic, and the shallow. Our minds are drawn away from the most important things – eternal things. We forget that we are not promised next year in this life – We’re not even promised tomorrow. Help us to draw close to You today, and to encourage one another today, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of us will be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. [Hebrews 3:13] In Jesus’ name, Amen.



29 thoughts on “Famous Last Words

  1. Good reminders. I was at a family July 4th get-together last night where many nephews were being extremely careless with fireworks. “We’ve done this a hundred times”, they said. “Don’t worry. We know what we’re doing,” they said. “Really, Uncle Alan, we shoot these at each other every year. It’s no big deal,” they said. The night ended with one burned thumb, one burned shirt, and a hot cinder in an eye. The Lord called us “Children of God” for a reason. -Alan

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  2. I found most of them very humorous. Thanks for sharing.
    “This always worked before.” is actually something that really annoys me. I hate hearing this. It makes me want to smash things.

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  3. “Don’t worry, that bear’s not interested in my sandwich.” LOL!!!! When I was little, my family took a vacation to Yellowstone Park. It was hot so we had the windows rolled down. When we had to stop for a brief second, a bear tried to climb in our car and had his mouth right in Mom’s face. He was after a sandwich on the seat next to her. Needless to say, Mom decided she didn’t need to eat the sandwich and tossed it out the window. Fortunately the bear followed after the sandwich. That memory will be emblazoned in my mind forever!

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  4. Sobering. Very sobering knowing our death is coming, just a question of when.
    And to think Christ’s famous last words include “It is finished!” Finished suffering for our salvation…

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