How are you living your dash?
08.12.09 | | Comments
I am currently reading a book by Kerry & Chris Shook. Kerry and Chris founded Fellowship of The Woodlands near Houston, Texas. The book, titled One Month to Live, asks the reader to take a 30-Day Challenge. Ask yourself how you would spend those last 30 days if you knew you only had that much time to live.
So often we suffer from what the authors call the "someday" syndrome. Always waiting for someday to begin to live the life we've always dreamed of. You know how that goes.... I'll take that vacation when life is not so busy or I'll be happy when I have the right job, find the right person, have a family.
Why do we spend so much of our time waiting? Waiting for that someday to arrive? Our time on earth is limited and as you read this, another minute is gone forever. If we knew we only had one month to live, would we live differently? Would we be more deliberate about how we spend our time?
I think if I knew I only had 30 days left to live, I would want to see as much of God's amazing world as possible. Experience the variety of His creation, meet people from different cultures. There is only one drawback though.... I would want to experience it with the people I love the most - my children and friends. OK - everyone gets a month's vacation! Let's go!
This quote from the book really makes me think.
"Looking at old tombstones, I can't help but recognize that entire lives are now reduced before me to two dates and one little dash. Some monuments include facts or sayings, Bible verses or poignant memorials, but each person's life really comes down to what transpired between those two dates. It comes down to what's in the dash. I look at the dash of a particular person's marker and wonder, What did he live for? Whom did she love? What were his passions? What were her biggest mistakes and greatest regrets?"
God decides what dates go on our tombstone but we get to decide how we're going to use our dash. Are you truly living your dash? Are you living passionately, loving completely? Will you leave this earth boldly?
How would you spend your time if you knew you had only 30 days left to live??