Dr Randy Pausch: A computer science professor delivers his “Last Lecture” at the Carnegie Melon University after being diagnosed with a fatal pancreatic cancer with 6 month to live. Tragic! His story has been viewed in You Tube many million times. He became an accidental celebrity. His lecture turned to be a bestseller book on his perspective not on dying but the meaning of life, overcoming obstacles, seizing the moment, achieving your childhood dreams. Check out the video below:
People on their death bed
People on their death bed won’t lament “I wish I had more time in my office!” per Steven Covey’s book First Things First. Should you wait to face death before you could realize what’s really important in life? What really matters ? When you begin to think and regret of those things you didn’t do, those people you ignored or took for granted .. you suddenly remember to cherish those moments with your child and your loved ones, maybe the beauty of nature, those dreams, those friendships, … they ALL seem more important and special even before than being busy in your 8 to 5, 24/7 job.
For sure, you won’t miss your toys – those prized golf clubs or your Lamborghini, 😀.. they lost value compared to those you care about. Now you want to be surrounded with people you care instead of things. Imagine those homeless people in San Francisco found dead on streets due to lingering illness– rejected and abandoned by their family. What could be the feeling when no one visits you on your deathbed? Nobody knows for sure when your time is up ( Luke 12:19-21 -19) .
A gripping movie “Bucket List” in 2008, starred Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, both terminally ill patients who escaped from their cancer ward and head off to an adventurous journey doing things on their list before dying. They tried to race against time instead of dying with regrets. Amazing.
Let’s move the scenario a little bit further, S. Covey suggested we should picture ourselves attending a funeral where 4 of our friends or loved ones would give a speech about you. Because as you look closer into the coffin you saw that —its your own funeral! What do you want people to say about you in your eulogy ? How do you want them to describe you?
life minus love
The beauty of life revolves around relationships — the so called building of bridges, connecting with people, speaking words of kindness, loving and caring. Life is beautiful. Busyness is a great enemy of relationship. We become preoccupied with making a living, doing our work, paying bills and accomplishing goals as if these tasks are the point of life. They are not. The point of life is learning to love – God and people ( Mt 22:37-39,Mk12:29-31 ) Life minus love equals zero, meaning nothing, empty.
In Luke 16 , go to this amazing story of the rich man and Lazarus. A disturbing scene shows the rich man being tormented day and night in Hades. Yet he begs Father Abraham to organize a missionary expedition to the earth. Even though he’s in tremendous pain, the story shows he still cares for his 5 brothers on earth. He appealed for Lazarus to go back from the dead and warn them of his consequences. Don’t wait until you’re on your deathbed or until you’re in the other life to figure out that nothing matters more… first is your soul, the people you care about, the people Jesus died for. What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?