Life Sentence

You’re gonna die.  It’s that simple.  No one is getting out of life alive.  Being alive is a death sentence and at the end of your life, it will all be summarized by one sentence written on your tombstone.  What will yours say?

We all have a prize we are struggling for.  Do you know what yours is?  Mine is to live the life I feel like God is telling me to live.  Sure, I have monetary goals.  I have personal goals.  But if I can only be successful at one thing, I want it to be living the life God wants me to live.

If I were to die today, I think people would have a hard time trying to summarize my life in one sentence but I could be totally wrong.  Maybe my life is simpler than I think it is.  Maybe everyone knows that I am trying to live my life like God wants me to.

Alfred Noble had a brother who had died.  One morning he opened up the newspaper and, to his surprise, started to read his own obituary instead of his brother’s. He was not happy to learn his life had been summarized and he was being remembered for inventing dynamite and “enabling people to kill each other more efficiently than ever before.”  He then set out to make it his life’s work to bring peace into this world.  Now we have the Nobel Peace Prize.

If I had the opportunity to write me own life sentence (which I apparently do right now), it would say this: “Of all the things he did, he did them all because he was trying to live the life God wanted him to live.”

This is my last post in the series of walking through the book “Habitudes: Images that form leadership habits & attitudes”.  This particular book is the 3rd in the series.  You can read the other posts in this series here.

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