Death. One of two experiences every human being on this earth shares, the other birth. It is something inevitable to us all, something which we cannot escape. It may happen after five years of living, or a hundred. Despite how long or short we may live, we all face death. Why then do we all fear the inevitable? Why do we fear something we know is going to happen? I fear death, oh, how I fear death. It isn’t the pain or human emotion that I fear, but rather, the absence of life. The absence that, we as living beings, know nothing of yet think about every moment of our existence. Every culture and religion that has existed in history has been distraught over what happens when we die. Do we simply cease to exist or do we transition into a “Heaven and Hell” where we will either spend eternity in either pain or happiness? Being a follower of Christ, I believe in the latter, that by belief in Jesus’ death and forgiveness we are saved and will spend eternity with Him in paradise. However, despite this, I still fear losing the life I so cherish on this earth. Even so, I would argue that we fear a life wasted far more than a life lost. Will I be remembered for what I did, rather than for what I didn’t do? Did I even make an impact on the lives of others, or was I merely chasing after my own selfish thoughts and desires? It is these questions that strike the fear into our hearts. But rather than ask ourselves these questions, we should be out living because since we all do indeed die, why waste time fearing what is to come? A friend once told me this, “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and proclaiming, ‘WOW! What a ride.'” Take up your cross, and get out into the world God created. Don’t let the the inevitability of death stop you from living.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?'” John 11: 25-26