At the same time, I have been reading Crazy Loveby Francis Chan. It is an immensely challenging book, and I encourage you to read it if you have not done so. With The Pacific and the massive number of deaths that were a result of World War 2 on my mind, Chapter 2 of Crazy Love leapt from the page. It is titled: “You Might Not Make it Through this Chapter.”
I think – “Ok.” This chapter is supposed to convict me about something that I am so moved to action on I need to put the book down, right? Wrong. You Might Not Make it Through this Chapter, is because you might die. All of us not there for the resurrection have a date with death, don’t we?
Death does not have an age, a color, or a nationality. All of us will be there soon, and none of us know when it will happen. Some of us will die this week, others in a few years, and some of us well into our nineties or hundreds. No matter when we die it will seem like the time has been too short. Everyone has that sense of longing for more, I believe.
Death, and war, and our short time here on earth also made me think aboutBand of Brothers, another HBO mini-series about the European theater of World War Two. There is an amazing scene in that film with a solider by the name of Ronald Speirs. Speirs is explaining to another soldier why the solider was paralyzed with fear during earlier combat. He says:
Isn’t that statement perfect? You are already dead. To function as you should at war, you need to give up, accept your death, and focus on the task at hand.
Is the Christian life not supposed to be the same? InMark, Chapter 8, it says: “…whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
Quit chasing after nothing. You are already dead! It might not happen today, or tomorrow, but you will die soon. You will die – and you will stand before your maker. Live today like you are already standing there.
I submit that maybe: Contemplating our mortality is human, while focusing on our mortality, and what is beyond, is something of God.
Well, I will tell you this: You will meet God.
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