1. Go Live!
Stop fearing the “what if’s”. Follow your heart. Ask yourself, “What would you do if you had no fear?” and then go do it!
2. Go Love!
Do something of worth. Love the unlovable. Produce change in this world by making it more beautiful. Don’t disregard the ones who do not see beauty in themselves or in their life. Let God speak His love into the depths of your soul so much that it fills you up and pours over onto the next person.
You don’t have time to walk in unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is the poison you drink and wait for the other person to die. Forgiveness sets one free. Be set free today and forgive. Who cares who was “right” or “wrong”. Stop drinking the poison.
4. Don’t Waste Time!
Don’t waste time talking negative about someone. Use your words to speak LIFE and HOPE. Don’t waste time trying to please the next person. We too often spin our wheels trying to please people who we don’t even know or that we can never please. Get off the computer, phone, and t.v. and take in the moments all around us. We miss people and we miss moments while we are staring at a screen. Stop doing things out of obligation and start choosing what to do with your time. We “water” our life down and we spread ourselves too thin and we miss living out our passions and callings. It is never too late. If you are alive to read this, you can make changes. God never lets things go to waste from our past and can restore all things.
Now after that short rant in outline form, you are probably wondering if I have cancer again. No, I do NOT! But I am dying……. I know that……. I am glad I know that. It is a beautiful gift given to me by cancer. I would not go back, if given the option, to live again like I was not dying. I often wonder what the world would look like if every person walked around with a sticker on their back that showed the date of their expiration. How would we live? How would we spend our time? I can pretty much guarantee we would stop striving to gain earthly “stuff” and stop being afraid of what others think. We would make our words count more. We would have intimate, encouraging conversations and leave shallow talk and empty words behind us. See, even though I HAD cancer and that (medically speaking) my prognosis isn’t good…… I am no closer to death than you. I have a several really sick friends with stage 4 metastatic cancer and they may not be closer to death than you or me. I am not telling you this for you to live in FEAR. I am telling you this because I want your life on earth to COUNT. Your life can be snuffed out in an instant. I had a diagnosis to get this revelation, but a lot of you will not have that same wake-up call. When we realize death is really “just around the corner” we live with a different perspective. We “go” for things we normally wouldn’t. We spend money on people who need it, because we know we can’t take it with us. We forgive quickly and lay down useless disputes. We stop stressing the state of our country or family and start speaking LIFE into the people that we come in contact with.
I think one reason Jesus lived with so much fervor and abandonment was not only did He know WHOSE son He was, but He knew He HAD AN EXPIRATION DATE. He didn’t have time to put things off or to “do it someday”. He took advantage of the moments He had. He broke social and religious boundaries because He had a higher purpose and was driven by love. He changed the course of history with his short life. The same power that lived in Him is meant for us. We can do the same things Jesus did when we do not let our culture or fear dictate our lives and we spend time getting to know God as our Father. If you do not have a higher purpose or are not driven by love, it’s ok because it’s not too late. If you are alive to read this, there’s hope to change. Ask God. He is big enough to open your eyes to experience it. Just do NOT keep living your life by default because you have a sticker on your back!
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, not height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will he not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will he cease from yielding fruit.”