How strange that there are people in the world who have taken more care to decide where they will die than how they will live.
- The Last Arrow
Last week, I attended a celebration of life for Nick Connelly, a former University of Minnesota football player who we lost too soon... at the age of 22 to a battle with Burkitt's Lymphoma.
I didn't know Nick. But I was inspired by the stories and the memories that were shared - his passion for life and his unwavering faith.
The stories that struck me the most came from some of Nick's final days here on Earth. He was not angry. He was not afraid.
In his position, I know I likely would be. How could you go from being a seemingly healthy Division 1 football player to your death bed in less than a year and not feel like you got a raw deal? At 22 years old, how could you not be afraid of death?
Recently, I was listening to Erwin McManus and he said something that I think helps us understand how Nick was feeling in those final days:
"People who are afraid to die really are just afraid they've never truly lived."
Nick was not afraid because he lived life to the fullest. He gave it his all. He left nothing on the field.
I think so many of us are idling through life acting as if we are going to live forever.
We take so many things for granted; forgetting that each breath we get is a blessing. Many of us are simply existing, we aren't living.
I'm convinced the greatest regrets in life will be missed opportunities. - Mark Batterson
How many wake up calls do we need before we decide to stop taking things for granted?
Let's make a pact to stop letting life slip by. Let's start being more grateful and living a life of purpose and intention.