There is a time to be born and a time to die....
I have been reading a book by Wayne Mueller entitled, "How Then Shall I Live?" and today's chapter asked the question,
"Knowing we will die, how shall we live?"
Pastor Wayne Mueller works with many people who are at the end of their life from cancer, kidney failure, AIDS, etc. and he found that they changed how they viewed life once they knew they were dying. Suddenly everything they did in their remaining days becomes precious. Relationships became very important and such things as money and material goods did not.
The thing is, we are all going to die. We just don't know when or how. So living each day from the perspective of knowing that we will die makes every sunrise amazing. Like many of you who have faced illness, when I got cancer in early 2010 I was frightened. I already felt like I was fighting for my life with Lyme Disease, and then along came the big "C". Life became more precious. Oh, it has taken me awhile to not live in fear of it returning and there are still times I become anxious about that possibility. It took awhile for me to not be looking behind me, or running into the future trying to grab hold of all life has to hold. I am learning to accept where I am on my journey with Lyme Disease and as a cancer survivor. Slowly I am learning that today is all I have and it is precious from the moment the sun rises until it sets in the evening. Mindful living. Focused on God and those I love and care about. It is a process during which I am finding this book and its questions very helpful.
Maybe we need to ask ourselves some important questions? How do we want to live the rest of our lives? Do we want to be kinder? Do we want to be more loving? Do we desire to serve Jesus in a special way? Do we hunger to worry less and laugh more? So many questions for us to answer as we contemplate the fact that death will come to all of us.
So, I ask the question one more time....
Knowing we will die, how shall we live?