Sunday, June 10, 2007

Everybody knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently. – Morrie Schwartz

I read this book by Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie.
And that’s where the quote came from. It’s not a Christian book, but I find the contents so Christian-like!

It’s about this man, Professor Morrie Schwartz who suffered from the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease. It is a fatal degenerative disease of the nervous system marked by progressive muscle weakness and atrophy. Aha, you learned a new term! =D

During his few months left of living, Morrie decided to make full use of his time by spending time with the people he knew. Through this period of suffering, as his body grew weaker and weaker (starting from bottom to top), he didn’t loose hope by giving up. I know, this sounds a bit typical, but if you read the book, you’ll know.

Morrie was soon unable to walk, and gradually, he had to hire four nurses to take care of him. He lost his privacy of going to the toilet on his own, and soon he couldn’t even use his arms and hands properly. It was a saddening thing. But the part I like most is Morrie didn’t spend his last days sitting in bed, and mourning about how unlucky he was. He was PREPARED to DIE. He did not waste a single living drop of his life that time. Because of this disease, he realized that life mattered more than just working and working and earning a living.

It was the people whom he impacted in his life that mattered most.

How are we living our days? Are we being a pain in the butt or a blessing to others?

The author, Mitch Albom, was one of his students in university. During his near-to-death days, Morrie spent time with this long lost student of his, and taught him many “lessons of life”. As I read, I find out that this man was most probably not a Christian. He was generally what you call a “philosopher”. But his philosophies were good. =)

Now, to put it in a Christian point of view, “Are you living with a PURPOSE to live?” What purpose?

GOD’S purpose for YOU! If you don’t seek it, you’ll miss it.

Jeremiah 29:11 ~ “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

Well there you go; another promise. Seize it, if not…

To be continued…

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