Thirty Days and Counting
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You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14
The question today is “What would you do if you only were going to be on this earth for 30 more days?”
I was watching Kerry Shook on Christian TV; he and his wife, Chris, wrote the book, “One Month to Live”. This book sparks controversy and has become a catalyst for discussion in Christian circles. People are sharing their priorities. Small groups are abounding in the churches that participate in this challenge.
I asked a few close friends to tell me what comes to mind as they think about spending their last month on this earth. My girlfriend’s answer was similar to my husband’s. They both said they would quit their jobs! A guy in my office told me it would take about a month to put his life in order.
Overall, this topic led me to consider what is most important in my life. But should it take a pressure point of “one month to live?” Am I living everyday to its fullest? What if this is my last day on earth? Do I spend enough time with the Lord everyday telling Him how much I love Him? What about my relationships: any broken ones that need repair?
Before my last move to Arizona, I was given a gift of grace to restore a very important relationship. My good friend, Jan, moved only 45 miles away, but I let our relationship fall into oblivion. One day I heard a mutual friend mention how Jan had been through a battle with breast cancer. I couldn’t wait for my friend to leave so I could scurry through my address book and find Jan’s number. To my amazement, Jan received my litany of apologies gracefully. She accepted my invitation to spend the next day together. I will never forget her recount of the details of that sickness and how it brought her to a dynamic relationship with Jesus. She talked, I listened and forgiveness flowed. I drove back home in tears as I praised Him for being a healing God of not only our bodies but of our souls.
I think it is a good thing to discuss books like this in small groups. I think it’s necessary to be accountable to one another and to pray for one another once we define our goals.
Let me ask you, what would you do if you only had one month to live?