Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to life. Henry Van Dyke
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Gandhi
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Mark Twain
Perhaps our greatest fear of all is to face death. It is something all of us must do. Life coming to an end and our demise are absolute certainties. The more we fear this event, the more the quality of this life is adversely affected. Some handle this well; others have significant problems. Fearing death is a serious issue for too many.
Some believe in a pre-existence prior to birth and many believe in continued existence after death. We have no definitive knowledge of either. We have the words and teachings of those who have given their beliefs on these matters. Some beliefs are spiritual and some are not. There are those claiming to remember past lives and those who come back from near death experiences with things to tell. As we age, and particularly as we start to decline, we cannot help but think about our finality, time is running out. It becomes very difficult for many of us as we think about the only thing we know for certain, this life, is getting closer and closer to its end, our death.
Some can face death as if they are embarking on a great journey of exploration. They are leaving their former life behind and embracing the challenges of the unknown. They determine to be courageous and confident that the adventure will prove to be worthwhile. Many of our great explorers did this very thing. They traveled into the unknown, not knowing what was ahead, but confident and full of expectations. Fear did not hold them back.
We should live this life to the fullest, whatever our age and circumstances. There is no reason to fear death. It will come in its due course. We know this life is finite. It began and it will end. To a large degree we get from it, what we put in to it. We should strive to leave a legacy; be someone who makes a difference; someone who enriches the lives of others and someone who leaves things a little better than they found them. We should lay aside our fears, seize the moment and make “time” count. We should live with “gusto” and be more loving kind and generous to others. As far as we know we only get one chance at this life; let us try to make the most of all the opportunities that are always coming our way.
Challenge: The subject of death should not be ignored. Avoiding it does not make it go away. Instead face it and become prepared for it. Replace fear with confidence and determination. It is your choice as to whether you live in fear or not, with dread or with courage. Live life fully. Make every moment count. Make life stand for something. Make a difference. Be a positive example. Live each day as if you are exploring the great unknown.
Wisdom: The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. Seneca
I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death. John 8:51
Where, O death, is your victory: Where, O death, is your sting? 1 Corinthians 15:55
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 48:14
The greatest way to overcome fear (all fears), is knowing God watches over us. The creator of each of us and of all that there is, loves us and cares deeply for us. We can have confidence and assurance that he is sovereign and is always watching out for our best interests. He knows all that there is to know about each of us, including our fears. He is our heavenly father. The greatest way to overcome our fears is to have faith and confidence in him.
Prayer: Thank you for being my heavenly father. Thank you for victory over death!