This is heavy stuff, you guys. Let's just take a second to absorb this.
Death is an ugly thing. A hideous thing. Growing old is an ugly thing (the thought, not necessarily the action-- that was kind of a disclaimer for my grandma who reads this blog). I think what's even uglier than growing old and dying is the thought of dying young. I think death is almost more devastating when the person who dies is young. You can't help but ask, what could they have possibly done with their lives if they had lived a full life? A few years, even?
I think the hardest thing for me when wrestling with death is where God comes in to play in all of it. When older people die it is heartbreaking. If I lost either one of my grandparents I would be one big ball of mush,believe me. But one thing about older people is that no matter how much it can destroy you when they leave, just with them being old, at some point you have to realize that they aren't going to be around forever. But when it happens to young people its unexpected.
"We're all in the process of dying." Something we never think of. Every second we are getting closer. I know that's a depressing thought... Well actually, is it? "Life-giving" is one of the words that they described death as in the video. How can it be life giving? How can we live out our dying days as a way to give life to other people? When people talk with us do they constantly leave the conversation feeling refreshed and renewed? Are we living like every moment counts? I know that's hard to do when we don't think our days are numbered, but seriously guys! Why does it take a story like this to snap us out of our run of the mill lives? I want to live a life that people can look at and say, "Wow, God had such a hold of her. They touched so many lives together," or "There is no doubt that she is up there with Him right now."
I think what is awe-inspiring about people who know they are dying, old or young, is that they aren't scared. Ryan Woods died on November 7th. As he said in the video, "I get to be reminded and remind other people that death isn't anything, ya know?" What power does death have over us? What is holding us back from living out this beautiful story; from giving life to other people? The only thing that death has over us, honestly, is how short of a time we have to do these things. But if we start living TODAY- CAPITALIZE, BOLD PRINT, UNDERLINE!!!- then, y'all, WHAT DOES IT HAVE OVER US? If we start living today, the number of days we have to live doesn't matter!
Quality, not quantity.