Perspective and Vision

This started out to be my Facebook post today, but the more I wrote the more I realized that this is a message we should all take to heart right now.

Perspective. It’s difficult right now but I think we all need it. I know I do.
Everyone seems to be focusing on the death rates instead of the survival rates and that’s understandable. No one wants to look mortality in the face…ever!

According to the CDC 2,839,205 died in 2018. That’s about 7,778 people per DAY. Yes…in America in one day more people die than have died from COVID-19.
Of those 7,778 who died most of them were elderly with some issues. Some were younger people and some took their own lives!

I could probably post a ton of numbers giving you stats on what people are dying of. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and many other things all claim lives every year.
The average life expectancy right now in America is 78. That’s it. 78 years is all you’ve got. Some might get a few more, some a few less.

Are people going to die from this new virus? Yes, absolutely. Most of those will already be in the category of having some disease which is already bringing them closer to death every day.

I don’t want to scare you more or make you panic or worry about your relatives. But, then maybe I do. Maybe we do. The fact is I can guarantee you that 100% of you are going to die. Every day you live you are one day closer to the grave.

It is horrible when someone dies. We usually lose someone we care about and we will miss them and that makes us hurt and we hurt not just for us missing them but for all of the family they left behind who share that pain of their absence.

But maybe we need to fear death. Maybe we all needed a kick in the pants to look at life as a fragile thing, a gift, something that we should not squander nor take for granted. Perhaps we need to look death straight in the eye, spit it in and say..NOT TODAY! Sure, you’ll get me one day but TODAY is not going to be that day at least not if I can help it.

What I know is lots of us, myself included, are not taking care of ourselves as we should. Too much of this or too little of that, some self-indulgence over there has gotten us to a place where we are not as healthy as we could be or should be. I don’t know about you, but shame on me for getting myself into this mess. I could have avoided it. I could have made better food choices, exercised more, etc. Even though I will die someday, it is also a fact that if I made better daily choices, I would live a healthier life and that would most likely lead to a longer life.

Maybe we need this. As sad as it will be to see people die during this “pandemic”, the truth is many of them were already destined to die and even without the pandemic may have died this year from their other issues. Please don’t hate me for saying this. It is the sad truth. Our older relatives die and we cannot stop it. Prolong it a little sometimes but never stop it.

So let’s enjoy our family while we can. Let’s spend more time with those we love whether they are our blood relatives or those we’ve chosen to include in our circles as family. Let’s spend each day as if it were a precious treasure. Let’s make better choices every day to keep ourselves healthy so that when these things do happen we are all in better shape to face it.

Let’s also consider our beliefs and our contributions to the world. Are you living your life in such a way that people are better off for knowing you? Or are you selfishly taking everything you can get? Do you believe in heaven and hell? Are you sure of where you will be after this life is over? Perhaps it’s time you settle those issues. I personally believe in God and it is my belief in an almighty God that gives me peace and comfort when things are uncertain. I know with what I’ve lived through personally, I would not have made it this far without my belief in God. I’m not going to force my beliefs on you. As much as I know them to be true, I cannot bring you to where I am. You have to make your own choice. If I am right and there is one God, then if you are seeking, He will find you. If not, then my belief has not hurt anyone and it has helped me to be a better person, more kind and generous than I would have been without Him.

But if you are fearful of what is to come, then I do urge you to look inside yourself and see what you believe and maybe it is time to start thinking about your spiritual beliefs.
And if we will all consider the preciousness of life, the fragility of it, the fleetingness of one life, then maybe we can all at least learn to be a little kinder, a little more understanding, a little more generous, a lot less selfish and a lot more selfLESS.

Maybe that is the lesson for 2020 that God is trying to teach us all this year. Isn’t it interesting that 2020 is synonymous with VISION, with seeing clearly. What if God wants us to see more clearly this year, to see what is really important in life, to see life differently. What if this is all His plan to bring families closer. Never in my lifetime have I ever seen schools, restaurants, bars, sporting events, everything that people do for entertainment that distances themselves from their families shut down all at once! People are being asked to stay home. What if this is God’s way of getting us to focus on what really matters…PEOPLE.

Think about it.