If you were wondering, the title is written in Latin.

“Memento Mori” was a legendary phrase coined by the ancient Romans.

The Roman Empire was built on war. In those days, a military victory was one of the highest forms of honor that a man could wish to have.

After such military achievements, Rome honored her generals by making ridiculously grandiose parades in which the generals were worshiped by enormous crowds.

The general, basking in his glory, would ride in the epicenter of the parade on a dazzling chariot pulled by 4 horses.

Yet, history tells us that the general wasn’t alone in his chariots. It is said that a slave would accompany him, whispering “Memento Mori” into his master’s ear.

“Memento Mori” means “remember that you have to die”. Throughout the celebration the Romans didn’t want their general to lose perspective.

Unfortunately, we as Christians often lose perspective.

It’s like we’re headed for heaven, yet heaven is never on our mind.

Honestly, when was the last time you thought about meeting Jesus? What will that day be like? What kind of joy will there be?

Maybe you have never thought of such “absurdity”.

Whatever you do, dear friend, remember, “Memento Mori” and then judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)

Andrey Babin