Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Live Like You Were Dying

This has been the sermon series at our church since Easter. The premise is simple how would you live different if you knew your life had a limit and you knew when it would end. During church each week there is a timer displayed counting down how much time you would have left if your 30 days started when the series started. It’s a sober reminder to sit there and watch the seconds slip away. You begin to want to make the seconds count. The minutes become more valuable.

It is also a song by Tim McGraw. The lyrics to the chorus of the song are
I went skydiving
I went rocky mountain climbing
I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I'd been denyin'
And he said some day I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dyin'

What would you do if you knew you were dying? Would you do something to leave a legacy? Would you do something rash? Would you realize money isn’t important and people are? What would you do?

These are all the questions facing Urbana High School class of 2007. Trent Silver, One of their classmates passed away this weekend from cancer. He knew it was nearing the end and was living at home comfortably waiting for the end. But no one expected it to happen this fast. On Thursday some of his classmates were planning a picnic at their childhood playground to get together. Instead it will be a time to remember him and see old friends. For me Trent was a kid on my brother’s youth soccer team and teammate on the High School Tennis team.

For me, I hope I am living each day like I were dying in that, I am living life to the fullest. I want my life to have an impact on other lives. I do not want to put off to tomorrow what I can do today, because today isn’t guaranteed. I have to do the mundane things to keep my family running smoothly but I also want to be using my time to do things that are important. I want to make videos that will teach others about Bible Translation and the necessity of it to accomplish the Great Commission. The human race has a 100% mortality rate. The question is not if but when. I have determined to live forever in heaven by placing faith in the One true God, and choosing to serve him with my life. Many young people do not make this decision because they believe they will have plenty of time left in their life to choose. They forget that living a long life is not guaranteed. And some people both young and old run out of time to make the decision. Will you run out of time or will you choose to live life like you were dying? One of no regrets and full of forgiveness love and joy.
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