EVER THOUGHT about how you hope to die? I’m not necessarily talking about your literal death; I’m really asking about how you intend to live until you die.
EVER THOUGHT about how you hope to die? I'm not necessarily talking about
your literal death; I'm really asking about how you intend to live until
you die. What will be the condition of your mind and your heart when death
comes for you? How will you spend your days prior to taking your final
Tragically, many people die long before they draw their last breath. They
no longer seek all the joy and purpose and pleasure that life has for them.
We should make it our aim never to become old. I don't mean old in the
chronological sense; I mean becoming old in attitude.
Those kinds of old people tend to have several characteristics in common.
The first is narcissism: "It's all about me." This is an ultra-selfish
mind-set that says, in effect, "I've earned my right to be miserable." The
fact is, life is a gift. What a privilege to live it.
Narcissism leads then to pessimism. This is a person who moans and
complains, "I have nothing to contribute. My past is meaningless, and my
future is bleak."
Pessimism then leads to fatalism. This person lives with death as a
destination. "The only thing in front of me is a grave or an urn." The
pessimist sees nothing interesting or important on
the horizon and has no sense of purpose.
As Abraham faced the final third of his life, he displayed none of these
characteristics. After roughly 112 years of marriage, his beloved Sarah was
gone. But he knew that God calls the shots on life and death, not us. So
the aging patriarch held on.
In the second act of his life, Abraham continued to live fully. I hope his
refusal to grow old causes you to ask the Lord, "What future do You have
Do you ever struggle with narcissism, pessimism, or fatalism? What truths can you hold on to when those struggles come your way?
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.