Friday, July 18, 2014

Fantastic Friday: Thirty days to live

Yesterday on Facebook I asked this question:

"You have thirty days left to live. What will you do in the time you have left? GO!!!!"

Now I got a few answers but not as many replies as I had personally hoped for, yet I get why. Who wants to think about only 30 days left to live?! But at one point we have to stop going through life like we have all the time in the world. If we are spending every single day of our life simply surviving we are not living! Who wants to go through life just living the motions?! Even the most boring person I can think of surely there is something deep within them that they would want to accomplish.  
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Thirty days is not a long time. Let's break it down. 

30 days ..or
720 hours .. or
43,200 minutes

If you sleep say 8 hours a night that will leave you with ONLY 480 hours. If you spend say 20 minutes eating three times a day that will leave you with ONLY 450 hours. That is not very long. In fact it is equivalent to only 18 days and 18 hours. Whoa!

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So... let's ask this question again but putting in that new equation." You have 18 days and 18 hours to live. What will you do with the time left?"

I get that some of the first instincts we have is to share the gospel. But ... if we share the gospel out of fear rather than love it is learned in fear and will always be associated with fear. If we share it in love and a heart for God, it is learned in love and will always be associated with love. If we are confident in our faith, and our salvation then we should be able to share God's goodness with love and in action not just words. But ... our lives should already be showing this now ~ even if we have more than those 18 days and 18 hours. Living the gospel is more than just speaking the gospel. Sometimes living a life of the gospel is speaks more than any word can say. Yes, Romans 10:17 says "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ." but I don't think that deaf people are not going to have faith because they can't listen. Do you know why? Sometimes that "listening" is more of an experience than the actual act of hearing/listening.

So, let me challenge you deeper. What ELSE would you  do?

I would want to spend time with family that I may be distant from. Why? Because I would LOVE to leave them with words that will impact them for the rest of their lives, as well as my own.

I would spend a day with those friends from high school that we always say "we need to get together" yet life gets in the way. Why? Because they still have a piece of my heart and I want them to know they can keep it and how much they have impacted me even in my adult life. How much the time we spent together helped me to nurture my own children in their friendships. 

I would go hiking in the mountains. Why? Because God's nature and beautiful creation has always inspired me and brought me closer to Him. Yes we are supposed to help lead others in their salvation but above all we cannot leave our own relationship with Him out. Even Jesus pulled away, often in nature to get close to him. 

I would sell my Explorer and buy my husband the boat he desires. Why? I wont need that vehicle and hubby loves to fish. It gets him in nature, and that is where he feels close to God. Why wouldn't I nurture that?!

I would go on a Mommy and me date with each of my children individually. Why? I would tell them how much they have taught me, and how much I love them. I would let them ask me whatever questions they would want to and I would answer them honestly. 

I would take my entire closet to an area in Houston and give them to the homeless community. Why? In those thirty days I won't need much clothing. 

I would spend a whole day at a food bank. Why? I would give them all of my energy and time because if I ever missed a meal ~ it was by choice. 

I would sit up and pound out one last book ~ an  open love letter to my husband retelling of all the wonderful memories we have had. Why? Because I know him. He would sit and wonder and I would not want him to have any doubt of my love and devotion. 

These are just a few on my list. Yes they are very personal but I did ask a personal question! There is a difference from being told you have 30 days to live and be perfectly healthy and being told the same fate and being critically ill. Why wait?! Why not start doing some of those things now! 

Psalms 63:5-7 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.

Let  me challenge you again.... what will you do with the last 30 days of your life?

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