We’ve all heard the stories of those who have died and were resuscitated back to life. They recall an experience of being out-of-body, approaching a bright light, or a reunion with loved ones.
Personally, I have had more than one near-death experience. Not in the bright light out of body way, but by walking alongside those who are near death with only days or hours to live.
As I have journeyed with those who are facing imminent death, I have found 2 topics always emerge as being of significant importance.
#1 – People Are a Priority (Matthew 22:29)
If there is any one topic that always becomes the central focus when people are facing death, it’s that people become the #1 priority. Careers, education, homes, cars, and bank accounts always seem to become secondary to people and personal relationships. Most of the time, we only realize this when our days are numbered.
So what’s the takeaway? If we view people through the “lens of death”, we will keep the important things important in everyday life… PEOPLE!
As we ponder the fact that the people around us will one day be gone, we will find that the nitpicking, grudging, arguments, and bitterness that we often engage in will no longer matter. We will be able to slow down in the busyness of life and be more loving, forgiving, and compassionate toward others. Don’t wait for a near-death experience to realize that people are important. Start today!
#2 – You’re Leaving a Legacy NOW! (Hebrews 11:1-12:1)
Each person I spent time with whose days were numbered shared concerned feelings about how they would be remembered. Unfortunately, when sharing these concerns there was no time to change, fix, or redo anything. It was too late – their life was about to end! In order to avoid this dilemma in our own lives, we need to consider our eulogy and legacy now rather than later.
How you’ll be remembered in future is based on how you’re living TODAY!
I know it sounds crazy, but one day your friends and family will stand up in your memorial service and share what kind of person you were and how you impacted their lives. How do you want to be remembered? Rather than guess or wonder, you can actually create your legacy now! Here’s how…
Make a list of words that describe how you would like to be remembered (e.g. caring, thoughtful, generous, etc.). Then compare your list with how you are currently living life and investing your time. By working through this exercise, you will become keenly aware of any duplicity that is taking place in your life and will be able to make the needed adjustments now before it’s too late.
Remember, all of us will leave a legacy. The question is, What will it be?
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