Pause and Think

One of our pastors has posed an interesting question.

If you knew that you only had thirty days to live, would you change how you live? If so, how would you change?

Thought-provoking and deep and I’m not sure how I would answer it yet, but I am pondering it and invite you to ponder along with me. Of course, we cannot know the time of our death. Jesus said that the Father knows. We know that God has told some people in the past to get ready to die. King Hezekiah immediately comes to mind. He is the king who turned his face to the wall and cried out to God for more years, a wish that God granted him. I would hope that if God told me that I was about to die that I would be ready and willing to go with Him then, but we just don’t know until such an event happens to us. So, ponder with me, if you will, what would you change in the last month of your life?

As I have been aging, at first approaching death was a scary thought for me. Now, it has become an inevitable end to this life on earth and the beginning of a new life with God. It means the end of all of the aches and pains and daily concerns. Of course, it also means missing my loved ones here on earth, but there is always the promise to see them again in Heaven some day. No more sorrow or tears and no more goodbyes has me looking more expectantly towards Heaven, more with excitement and less with fear. How about you? Do you ever think about your own mortality? Do you think about what Heaven will be like?

In a devotional that I read this morning, the writer had been told that she only had a short time to live and was fearful of death. Having lived over a decade past the time the doctors pronounced for her, the fear had become distant and her new attitude was one of wonder. No one really knows what Heaven is like, so her curiosity was stimulated. She says that her curiosity was somewhat satisfied when she was with an elderly woman just before she died and with her last breath, she said, “Wow!” Now, that, my friends is food for thought. What will we say when we cross over into eternity with God? I think”wow” is pretty descriptive, don’t you? (Daily Guideposts 2021, October 19, 2021)

I don’t want you to leave this post without promises from God that will hopefully stir your heart to look up and await Him with expectation and hope. (I heard someone say that hope is not dead because He is a person!)

May God bless and keep you throughout this day and until we meet again on this page. Meanwhile, drop me a line in the comments and tell me the answer to my question above. Thirty days. What, if anything, would you change in your life?

Since writing this blog, I have one more thing to look forward to in Heaven…I get to meet you believers who have followed me online and see you face to face. I appreciate each of you and pray God’s blessing and His continued presence in your lives daily. I remain a servant of Christ and a seeker of truth. Until next time…

16 thoughts on “Pause and Think

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. My mom is under Hospice care so I have been contemplating these thoughts. As I sit with her, I know she has been given glimpses of heaven based on the awe on her face and the things she has said she sees. This time with her has been sacred, healing and peaceful. It has been hard, but filled with hope.

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  3. Like you, I very much look forward to meeting all our blogging friends in Heaven. We will raise a chorus of Hallelujahs as we praise our King forever.
    Would I be more bold if I knew I had thirty days? I don’t know. My friends and family know I am a strong Christian, that my faith is in Jesus Christ. Would I cry out in the marketplaces and streets if I knew my physical end was near? Maybe.
    At this point in my life, I live with a clean slate. I have asked forgiveness from those God led me to; and I have forgiven all I know of. I live in peace with God, and so I have peace with fellow people.

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  4. Great post, Vickie. For the record, I’m with you … I think of the things you mentioned in this blog all the time. How would I live if I had just 30 days left on this earth? What is Heaven like? Yep, I think of these things often. Very thought-provoking post, Vickie.

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  6. I can’t think of a much better way to leave this world than with that word – “Wow…” How awesome.
    If I knew I had 30 days to live, I would probably skip the time-consuming things I do every day for my long-term health. I would probably dive into my writing, prayerfully write a long letter to my husband and each of my children and grandchildren. I would write a final post for social media, stating bluntly that we are all going to die, that there are only two places to spend eternity, and Jesus is the only Way to heaven. I would ask my 1000+ friends to share it and pray like crazy that it goes viral. I would spend the last couple of days with those I’m closest to, focusing on heaven, And maybe saying “WOW” as I step into eternity. 😉

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  7. I think I would write letters to family members who don’t know Jesus and remind them one more time of how much He loves them and wants to save them. And I would put my love for my children and grandchildren in writing on something that will last longer than a card so they would be able to read it and be assured for a very long time.

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