It’s a depressing statistic when you think about it. It doesn’t matter what you do, how hard you work, who you are, what your socio-economic status is…you are just like everyone else. You are part of the 100%. And there’s nothing you can do about it.
100% of humans will die at some point. There’s no way around. No one is getting out of this life alive.
Sorry to be so depressing, but it’s a reality we all need to be more aware of.
In 1722 Jonathan Edwards, an early American Theologian, wrote set of personal resolutions. #9 on that list was this: “To think much, on all occasions, of my dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.”
I know it’s morbid, but I’m sure that it gave him perspective.
This past weekend my wife lost a close friend she’d known since elementary school. It was a tough loss for her and for his family. But it wasn’t completely unexpected. You see, he had Cystic Fibrosis. So, for a long time they knew that his life expectancy was going to be much shorter than most. And as tough as this was for him and for everyone who knew him and loved him, I sensed at the funeral that this knowledge helped him live a life worth remembering.
(These are the balloons we released in honor of every year of his life.)
The funeral truly was a celebration of a life. Friends and family shared story after story about the pure goodness that was found in knowing him. His life was a blessing to others and everyone who knew him is better off because of him.
Living with the knowledge that your life will come to an end encourages you to live a life worth remembering. What kind of legacy will you leave? What will people say at your funeral?
While there were many tears shed at the funeral this week, I can assure you that everyone’s heart was filled with joy.
At the risk of being too morbid I encourage you to think much of your death. Not the way in which you will die, but the type of life you will live up until that moment.