What would you say if you knew you were going to die and had a chance to sum up everything that was most important to you?
The above, typed into a search engine, got someone to this blog today. I don’t know what he or she read – maybe the couple of posts about Randy Pausch, maybe some of the myriad other posts here about life and faith and grace (and baseball?). But if I was going to sit down and chat with the asker of that question, I would want to include these three really important things:
- Faith – I have tried my human best to live a life of response to the amazing gift of Jesus Christ; it’s something I learn more about every day that I live it. My decision to trust him as my Savior and follow Jesus as Lord was the single most life-changing and life-focusing of my existence.
- Family – I wouldn’t trade being Tom’s wife or Tim and Cathie’s mom for anything. Truly. Not because it’s all wine and roses for us, it’s not. But because it’s not ever all wine and roses, and we have each other, we never have to endure life’s tough places alone. People are not wired to live in isolation, we need each other. Our family is blessed indeed to have one another.
- Work – I do things I love! I’ve had jobs I’ve felt trapped and tortured in that sucked the life out of me. And I’ve had jobs that were super challenging but gave me joy and energy. I much prefer the latter and hope that everyone will find that sort of work with which to make a life, but even more so to fulfill their God-imbued potential.
I don’t know how long a conversation the asker and I could have, but I’d want to listen to his or her heart about what is most important, as well. My hope in posting this is that you, the reader, yes, you, will post your answer as well. Post here if you like, or post on your own blog and leave a comment here.
Let’s listen to each other’s stories.