Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working as the managing editor of a new Bible for those who are dealing with grief. As the author of three books on caregiving who has taken care of terminally ill loved ones in my home, I’ve wrestled with questions about death and dying.
About twelve years ago, I lost my ability to walk, see, stand, or care for myself. Doctors found a golfball-sized lesion in my brain near my brain stem. In forty-eight hours, my life turned upside-down, and I was suddenly faced with the possibilities of long-term care and terminal illness.
In the following video, Dennis has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. He has just months to live. He’s faced with the hardest question of all: how to invest the time he has left. CLICK TO SEE VIDEO
For me the answer to that question involved investing my experiences for eternal benefits. During one long hospital night, I told God that if he chose to bless me with more time on earth, I’d tell as many people as possible about him by using the gifts of writing and speaking that he’d given me. Since then, he’s allowed me the blessing of co-founding two writers’ conferences, writing seven books and contributing to or ghosting others. He’s blessed me with the opportunity to speak to thousands of people across the nation and bring truth through the power of story.
What about you? How would you respond if you learned you had just a short time left to live? What relationships would you wish you’d repaired? What words would you wish you’d spoken? What dream would you wish you’d pursued? What time and talents would you wish you’d invested?
Today, think about what you can do now that will create a legacy that will not only change lives now, but echo into eternity.