I’ve entered into a challenge from the Domino Project called #trust30. They are basing it on a book by Ralph Waldo Emerson called Self-Reliance. I’m not exactly sure what I think of self-reliance yet, I am just starting the book. Over my life, I have learned that God-reliance is better by far than self-reliance, nonetheless I decided to participate and blog and tweet the process.
Here’s the gist of the challenge:
#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.
Here is today’s prompt:
We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
You just discovered you have fifteen minutes to live.
1. Set a timer for fifteen minutes.
2. Write the story that has to be written.
If I had 15 minutes to live, I have serious doubts that I would be writing a story. More than likely I would live them like I live too much of my life, trying to cram in twice what I should. But who could blame me? It is after all my last 15 minutes. I’d want to spend those minutes with my wife saying all the things that I should have said. Telling her how much she has meant to me and how much I love her and thanking her for all she has done for me. I’d want to spend it with my sons telling them how proud I am of them, how much I love them and will miss them and giving them as much of the wisdom I have gained over the years as I could. I’d want to spend it with my family and friends saying many of the same things.
I guess if I had to choose, and it had to be spent writing a story, I would want to create a blog post explaining why thanks to Jesus, this is not really my last 15 minutes to live. It’s my transition to eternity. You see Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. He is God’s only Son and He laid down his life to save me for eternity. I would tell them of all He has done for me. How He took me from darkness into light and how every good thing in my life was given to me by Him because He loves me and I would tell them He loves them too and is waiting with open arms for them to come to belief in Him. I would beg and plead with them to consider His claims and come to a saving belief in Him. I would send the post to everyone I have ever loved and beg them to do the same. Why would I invest my last 15 minutes in this effort. Because it’s not really my last 15 minutes and everyone who comes to belief will share eternity with us. Oh that I would spend my last 15 minutes investing in eternity.
The good news it’s not my last 15 minutes but maybe I should live like it is. How about you?
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May 31, 2011