My wife and I just met with a lawyer today to get a will made. I have to admit, it’s kind of weird to think about. You know, the whole “I’m gonna die someday, so let’s prepare” thing. It really does reinforce the reality that life is short and that death is inevitable.
It’s strange to think of my boys living without me here. That after I’m gone, all of my stuff will get divided. That’s assuming that life will go as “planned”, without any tragedies or surprises along the way.
So, as I write this morbid post, there is the understanding that death is not a popular topic. Some people avoid it like the plague. On the other side of the coin, there are those who have a faith that welcomes death without fear.
Where do you stand? Does the thought of not existing rattle your bones? Does the uncertainty of “what’s next” cause fear and panic? Are you looking for the “back” button so you don’t have to read the rest of this post? For those of you who settle in this camp, I understand.
This world is full of uncertainty. We think we have control, but we really don’t, at least not permanently. The thought of losing that control is scary. In order to tame the fear, we’re given self-help books to cope with what we are feeling. We’re given drugs and medication. We’re given advice on how we can “be our better selves.” While some of these things are ok, they aren’t the solution to the fear, only a band-aid. Death is still a reality, no matter what efforts we put forth.
There are also folks that face death with hope and courage. They have faith that greater things await on the “other side.” There are many different religions that believe very different things.
I happen to believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that the Bible is the storybook of His life and a guide for ours. I guess I can be tagged as a “Christian”, but I prefer the tag of “in a relationship” instead. The relationship is not based on anything that I do, but on what Jesus has already done….contrary to the box that religion likes to place people in. My relationship is fluid, constantly changing and full of grace.
Through my faith, I trust that a place called Heaven awaits. I obviously have no idea what it’s like 1st hand, but I hear it’s pretty cool…..no sickness, no pain, no guilt or shame, no jealousy or envy, no death, only life, only peace, only joy….sounds pretty good to me.
The cool thing is that this hope is available to everyone…..without religion, without rules, without guilt or shame…..only belief in Jesus…who He was, what He did, and what He provides for those who love Him. We don’t have to be afraid.
Or we can choose to believe in nothing. It’s a choice that we have the freedom to make.
As I plan ahead, it’s not out of fear. It’s out of the need to provide for my boys, that’s all. I love my life here, but I know my next life will be awesome, far beyond any stretch of the imagination.