In her poem ‘When Death Comes’, the late poet Mary Oliver wrote;
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life, something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself, sighing, and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.
In the movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, there’s a part where Batman says to Catwoman, “There is more to you than that.”
For a moment, I imagined Jesus saying this to me on the other side about the life I just lived, “There was more to you than that.”
James 4:14 says, our fleeting lives are but a warm breath of air that is visible in the cold only for a moment and then vanishes.
If today was your last day on earth, what would you regret not pursuing? What would you regret not changing?
God created you for a purpose. He wrote your story in His book. Only God knows how far you can truly go. He deposited seeds of potential in you to make a difference in this world.
You can become a history maker for heaven. In your imagination, you might have a picture of what you can be. But you find yourself not able to move forward. You often feel stuck.
The fear of people’s opinions, some besetting sin, or your past is holding you back. You’re now settling in for less. Your dreams have become small.
We only need to live before an audience of ‘One’.
One day, we will stand at the same place, where we were breathed into existence, and give an account of our life.
Don’t we want to hear ‘Well done My child’?
Dr. Michael Brown quotes, “Recognizing afresh how fleeting life can be, I’m more determined than ever, to live today in such a way, that there will be no regrets tomorrow. No pangs of ‘if only’. No agonizing thoughts of ‘I wish’.
Be ‘determined’ to live your life with a sense of pursuit. It’s time to cast off, all weight and sin that easily ensnares you. Run your race and reach the finishing line. You only need to look to Jesus, the author, and finisher of your faith. He knows how far you can truly go.