Friday, June 21, 2013

The Will to Live

I am always surprised by the determination to live displayed by some plant life. While flowers in the big pot on my deck threaten to die if I miss one day of watering, these guys seem to be thriving while growing out of Independence Rock!

A few of us at work today were talking about the strong will to live.  It seems to me that some people seem to have a much stronger will to live than others. I was telling about a man, well into his 90's, who would undergo some very scary and painful treatments just to survive a bit longer. I do not think I have that strong of a will to live. Maybe it is because I don't have much fear of death.

Don't be worrying about me! I have never struggled with suicidal thoughts or anything. OK, there was that time when I was 3 and attempted suicide by black widow spider, but since then I have been good.  I believe I am supposed to honor this life and to live it well. I just believe that what comes next is even better. The stickler about death is the part about leaving those we love and causing them pain. I don't like those thoughts. When compared to eternity, though, our time of separation will be brief.

The very first verse I think I memorized was John 3:16.  Perhaps that is why I don't so much fear death.

16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.