Normally, I plan and pray a few days in advance before I publish a new post, but today is going to be a little different. Recently, I found out that a young woman I went to high school and college with tragically passed away. I was floored. We are so young. I didn’t know her well, but she always had a smile on her face and always stopped and asked me how I was doing whenever she saw me. Her tragic passing at such a young age reminded me that none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow.
There is a fairly famous poem titled “The Dash.” I will post the link, but the poem is too long to repost here. The gist of the poem is that what matters most is not the birth or death date but the dash in between. Here is a brief excerpt from the poem
For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.
Since I heard the news, I’ve been thinking really, really hard about what I am doing with my dash. If you’re a Christian you know that the Bible tells us we will not know when our last minute on earth will be. Even those who are not Christians, recognize that our time here on earth is brief.
“Come now, you who say,’today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’– yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:13-15).
Speaking of the brevity of life, I am reminded of the story about Alfred Nobel. To paraphrase, Alfred Nobel’s brother passed away and a French newspaper erroneously published an obituary for Alfred instead. The obituary called him the “merchant of death.” For those of you who do not know, Alfred Nobel invented dynamite which of course was used to bring about the deaths of many people. Alfred Nobel had the opportunity to do something that is rare…he read his obituary while he was still living. Sadden by what he had read, he vowed to rewrite the script. Needless to say, that is exactly what he did. He went on to establish the Nobel Prizes and he left roughly 94% of his fortune to endow the awards.
Most of us will never have the opportunity to rewrite our obituaries; however, we do have the opportunity to determine from this day forward what our —- will represent. I’ve been thinking hard on what I would want my —– to stand for. I could enumerate a long list of things I would like to accomplish and personality traits I would want to be remembered for. But when it comes down to it ,I want my —– to be summed up by what the Bible says about a man by the name of Enoch in Genesis 5:24 “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more”…
Amanda walked faithfully with God; then she was no more.