On March 8, 1874, former President Millard Fillmore died from a stroke at his home in Buffalo, New York. His last words were spoken to his doctor, who had just fed him his last meal: “The nourishment is palatable.”
Fillmore is buried near his home in Buffalo, and his grave can be easily viewed by the public. But it is something about that grave that makes Fillmore unique among the early presidents. He was the first president to erect his own tombstone before he died. In fact, his stone was designed, carved, and placed – 20 years before his death.
The fact is, we are all going to die. The time to prepare is now.
You can’t go back and write a new beginning, but you can absolutely write a new ending.
How you can prepare:
- Get sober.
- Walk in recovery.
- Be the person you want others to think you are.
Recovery Step: Make this verse your own: “Lord, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days” (Psalm 39:4).