Introduction

After seeing the elaborate marble statues in London’s Westminster Abbey, erected to the memory of famous men, Dawson Trotman wrote in his Bible, ‘Is this what you want, Lord? Or do you want living men dedicated to the glory of God?’

Most people want to leave some sort of ‘monument’ behind when they die. It may be financial, physical, organisational or some other memory. The obituary pages in newspapers list different monuments established by famous people and we can sometimes gasp at how much one person has achieved in their lives. But what about us ordinary people? Nobody is ever going to write an obituary for us and we have to face the fact that most people leave this earth with little fanfare or recognition.

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