Three Days From a Funeral
Friday, October 07, 2011
During my yearlong internship, I learned a phrase; 'you are only 3 days away from a funeral.'
This morning someone died who I never met; I am presiding at his funeral Sunday afternoon. He died unexpectedly, from a heart attack.
The news and internet are full of stories about Steve Jobs, who died this week. I read the commencement address he gave at Stanford in 2005. He'd been diagnosed and treated for cancer and was initially given 3 to 6 months to live. Instead, Jobs lived about 6 years more. In his address, Jobs talked about the impact of facing death; learning to make choices as if the day was one of his last.
We are all just three days away from a funeral, potentially. Potentially, our own. The question becomes 'how do I want to live these next three days?' Not as an invitation to be hedonistic but as an invitation to evaluate how I spend my time, the choices I make.
Last night on The Office, Darrell, a character who'd been the warehouse supervisor but was promoted upstairs, missed out buying a lottery ticket share with the other warehouse workers. The warehouse workers won millions and all quit, leaving Darrell to hire new workers. Despondent, he told the the interviewees not to take the job because 'you take the job and suddenly it is 10 years later and you are at the same position.'
So, what is life going to be? The same old, same old for 10 years until you drop dead unexpectedly? Or, will you embrace the gift of life you've been given? Discover the 'you' God created you to be?