There is nothing that makes you think more about your own mortality than when someone you know passes away.
Recently, one of my my co-workers that I had worked closely with on projects in my job passed away. Not much older than myself, with children and a wife, a car accident claimed his life swiftly.
My heart was broken at this news. I find myself grieving not only for his family, but as my thoughts often drift to when someone dies, but wondering where his eternity is being spent. He is either with God now, or without Him forever. We have never talked about our spiritual beliefs, so I do not know. But this reminds me of how fleeting life is and how I need to continually need to be a light and a witness to those around me.
We do not know how long we have on this earth. Rarely does anyone wake up and expect that to be their last day living. We need to make a choice for our eternity before its upon us. I once had someone tell me that they weren’t going to worry about making that decision until they were older because they didn’t see a point to thinking about it until then.
Here’s the catch: you don’t know when you’re last day will be. I’m certain that my co-worker didn’t think that fateful day would be his last. One of my very dear friends growing up didn’t think that going home from a state basketball tournament would be the last thing he would do.
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog, it’s here for a little while and then it’s gone.”
Now, you can tell me that you don’t believe anything happens once you die. That you just rot in your grave forever. That’s your choice to believe that and that’s the beautiful thing about God. He gave us the ability to choose what we want to believe. Either in Him or not.
Here’s the deal, if that is the case. That we just rot in our graves forever when we die, then I have nothing to lose in believing as I do. However, if my faith is right, (which I believe it is) then not making a choice on your eternity before your die means that you would have everything to lose. Our choice while we are on this earth will affect our eternity.
We are never guaranteed another breath on this planet. Each day is a gift. It is a blessing given to us, not just for us, but for those around us.
Death also makes you not just think about your own mortality, but also about the legacy that you are leaving behind. What story are you telling? How are you affecting those around you? No matter what you believe, you are impacting those around you in some way.
I may not know where my co-worker is spending eternity, but I do know the impact that he left behind. One that was a loving father that cared deeply for his family, a good friend, and a hard worker.
I want to leave a legacy in the lives around me as well. I want to be known as one who loved fiercely, cared deeply, worked hard, and never wavered in my beliefs.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave?