Thursday, September 11, 2008

One Month to Live chapter 2

Lets look at a couple of things from our One Month to Live daily reading for today.

Today in the book he talks about life being like a roller coaster. There are ups and downs, and dark tunnels you go through. You experience the thrill and the fear, and sometimes it even feels like you are going to jump right off the tracks. He asks us the question. If you had one month to live wouldn't you want to leave the safe kiddy ride behind, and get on the one that made you come alive? The ride that fills you with joy and fear, and causes you to savor every moment.

That's what this challenge is all about, not living by reason, but by faith.

At the end of the chapter he asks us to think about a couple of questions. That's what I want us to do in this blog. Think about these questions, and leave a comment about your thoughts.

1. If you were certain your life as you know it would end in a few weeks, what would be your biggest regret? Why?

2. In what area of your life are you suffering from the Someday Syndrom?

3. Instead of a roller coaster, what symbol or metaphor would you use to describe what a life fully engaged might be like?


Pump Dude (Kurt M. Richter) said...

1. My biggest regret would be not putting my wife and kids before my work. It's something I've been working on but the OMTL challenge has already made it easier. I don't want to leave this planet without them knowing, as well as my other family and friends, how much they truly mean to me and that they really are more important than anything else this world has to offer.
2. See #1. Although it's much better now than it used to be, I know there's always room for improvement. I'd also love to do some traveling with my beautiful wife, but that probably won't happen during the OMTL challenge since the twins will be here within the next 6-7 weeks!
3. You left this wide open for me to talk about fire pumps! Don't you know better by now? Well, in an effort to save time and space I'll use the analogy of investing. If you have a decent amount of time to sit back and let your financial investments accrue to a desired goal, you're less likely to take significant amounts of risk to reach said goal; you have time to let it grow and mature slowly. However, if time is short and you haven't prepared like you should have, you're much more likely to take some substantial risks to maximize your results with the limited amount of time you have. While long-term, high-risk investing isn't recommended by most financial advisors, you CAN bank on immeasurable returns if you hold nothing back from your walk with God, your family, friends, neighbors, strangers, etc NOW instead of waiting until your last few breaths. I haven't thought about it until this challenge, but I truly desire the rest of my life to be lived with NO REGRETS!!
How'd I do with the investing analogy, Jake?

Chad Benson said...

Kurt that is good stuff!!

Summertime said...

Well, I read Day 3 yesterday and couldn't think of a good analogy like Kurt's. 1& 2 combined, my biggest regret would be not knowing the Word better; I have put it off until 'Someday' was more convenient. I was raised in church, with a Daddy that loved to 'preach' to us all the time, and I still don't know it like I should. I have no regrets when it comes to time I've dedicated to my family. Many of my friends think I'm strange for spending so much time with them. Number 3, I still don't have that one metaphor... Life, fully engaged.... hmmmmmm..... I do know that my focus in my adult life has been to survive my job, finances, and motherhood, all without leaving it in God's hands. I have tried to do things on my own without letting Him intervene and with very little FAITH. I have been told so many times that I just need to give it ALL to God; FAITH strengthened and a deeper TRUST in Him is life fully engaged. Maybe jumping on a trampoline, but not alone?? How fun is that when you're 6 years old and someone larger than you can make you bounce higher than you could alone; and, you felt perfectly safe?

Chad Benson said...

I think the trampoline is a great metaphor. Lots of ups and downs, but also lots of excitement and joy. Great stuff Summer.

Pump Dude (Kurt M. Richter) said...

That analogy was PERFECT - I love it! It's much more fun than my analogy, too!

Kevin Cooksey said...

My biggest regret would have to be, not being able to sound as smart as Kurt and Summer...j/k. Kurt and Summer good write up. Well my biggest regret at this point would be my relationship with my wife has not been all it could be. I have done a good job with my kids, but have failed in this area with my wife. I am trying to do something DIFFERENT and I think we are going to take a step in the right direction. My wife has also been my someday as well. For my analogy I’m using bungee jumping, you have the ups and downs and it requires 100% commitment.

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Pump Dude (Kurt M. Richter) said...

Thanks for making me look even more boring than I already am! Your analogy & Summer's are much more thrilling than some lousy investing analogy!

Kevin Cooksey said...

Kurt, you still have awesomeness on your side! You're the BEST!