One morning while having breakfast, I saw something on my local community channel that moved me. Two women’s death notices displayed back to back. One who was 96 years old, and the other who was 29. A 67-year difference!
Now, I’ve seen death notices before, but after seeing those two and realizing that I would soon turn 29, I developed a sense of urgency. It became clear to me that I could die at any moment. Before then, I didn’t think much about death. I lived life with the assumption that I would not die until some point after retirement age. But it was naive of me to think that way. As a friend of mine once said, “everyone’s rope isn’t the same length.” The reality is, we don’t know how long we have left.
From that point on, I began to think more deeply about my life. I asked myself, “if I only had 6 months left to live, what would I spend my time doing?” The answer was not where I was putting most of my efforts at the time. I was doing a good thing, but deep down I knew it wasn’t the right thing. But not anymore! Since then, I’ve refocused and I’m now doing the thing I know I should be doing.
Given that you can die at any moment, can you genuinely say that you are doing the right thing? Maybe you are doing something for the money at the sacrifice of your passion. Maybe out of fear you have settled for less than what you know you can achieve. Or, like I was, maybe you are spending most of your time doing a good thing, rather than what you know deep down is the right thing. I encourage you to do what’s necessary to arrive at the end of your life with no regrets. As the late Dr. Myles Munroe use to say “die empty.”