“A small dot appeared in the cloudless blue sky above the Dutch city of Eindhoven, gradually getting larger as the first plane carrying victims of last week's Malaysia Airlines disaster came in to land.
On it were 16 bodies, carried aboard the Hercules C-130 which just a few hours earlier had set off from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.
Then came a second plane, an Australian Boeing C-17, which touched down carrying a further 24 corpses.”
-The Telegraph (July 24, 2014)
What did you think of this morning when you got out of bed?
Did you jump out of bed, excited at another brand new day and another shot at life or did you rush into another busy day, at home, at school or at work?
I would imagine so did those on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, whose lives were tragically cut short by circumstances beyond their control. Nothing we say or do will change that reality nor will it ease the pain of those loved ones they’ve left behind.
But even as I think what has really happened and an inner anger rises within me over this stupid game of political brinksmanship, there’s a part of me that also wonder what happened onboard the plane when the passengers realized the end is near.
What did they do? Were there regrets over tasks unaccomplished? Were there regrets over love not expressed? Were there folks who faced death courageously because they’ve done all they could with the life they have?
In the same situation, what would I have done? What will be in my mind during those last few minutes? I thought about it long and hard and I just started crying because there is so much more I wanted to do and needed to do. The truth is I am not ready to go. Not now.
What about you? Are you ready?
You see, the truth is, many of us only begin to think about our life purpose when life throw us a curve ball, when we are stricken with a life-threatening ailment or traumatic accident, or when our loved ones are dying. I’m sure you’ve heard of stories of those who decide to turn their life around when they discover that they are about to die.
But it doesn’t have to be so, because there’s another way. You and I can purpose in our hearts today, to live a life of intent and purpose daily, so that come what may, you know you’ve spent every day of this transient life in the best possible manner which is in accordance with your purpose, thus leaving behind no regrets!
You should watch the Youtube video Music and Life by Alan Watts. It clearly shows that it is the individual musical notes that combine to make up a beautiful melody and not the loud “gong” of the drum at the end. Similarly, it is the individual events you live each day and not the numbers (of your success, titles, bank accounts) you leave behind at the end of your life that counts towards living a purposeful life.
5 years ago, I faced my life changing moment. Faced with multiple challenges and a marriage that was falling apart, I purposed in my heart to live out God’s will in my life, in the process demonstrating that God can give us beauty for ashes. I’m still living it out daily 5 years later.
Will you think about your purpose today?