DayBreaks for 03/26/12 – A Reason to Die, a Reason to Live

DayBreaks for 03/26/12 – A Reason to Die, A Reason to Live

Sometimes something to die for gives us a reason to live.

What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? – Matthew 16:26

If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it. – Luke 17:33

We cling to life, don’t we?  Just today in the news, it was revealed that Dick Cheney, at over 70 years of age, had a heart transplant.  He had been surviving with a LVAD (left-ventricular assist device) that is essentially a mechanical device that causes the left ventricle of the heart to contract and pump blood.  Without that happening, one dies.

Some medical ethicists are questioning whether Mr. Cheney should have been allowed, at his age and with his other health conditions, to have the transplanted organ or whether it should have been given to a younger person.  I have my own thoughts about that, but the point I want to make is that Mr. Cheney is clinging to this mortal life.  I don’t judge him for that one way or another, for if it is hard to know what we’d do if we’d been in his place.

But cling to life we do.  Why did Cheney do it?  The rest of his life (assuming he recovers from this surgery) will be complicated by the need for tens of thousands of dollars each year for medications.  There is pain and suffering with the surgery.  There is weakness and misery.  Yet we clutch life with both hands, choking every last moment out of it.

Christ challenges us to find something worth dying for in our faith. We’d rather not think about dying or what we’d be willing to die for.  As someone wrote: “The world today prefers to be inoffensively neutral. It does not like having to decide. Dorothy L. Sayers observed, ‘In the world it is called tolerance, but in hell it is called despair… the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.’”

One should pause here long enough to ask: if you don’t have something for which you are willing to die, do you have much to live for?

PRAYER: Help us find the true meaning for living by finding what is worth dying for!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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4 thoughts on “DayBreaks for 03/26/12 – A Reason to Die, a Reason to Live

  1. OK Here it is,You are worth dying for Your wife is worth dying for I am worth dying for but by only people that care about us and love us. You take a stranger in a fast pace city and you fall down or run out into traffic they may just look on with a feeling of “Boy is that guy stupid, he got what he deserved and he walked right out there, he looked for it. To bad for him better luck next time. I didn’t have the time for this bull he was stupid. NOW comes Jesus or one of his followers and he died for this stupid person and does not even mention his name he never rubs it in to him how dumb he really is or the Soldier who offered him vinegar instead of water on the cross,he never told him what a jerk he was being.He only asked the Father to forgive him cause of his (ignorance)People that love others there is no question of why, or will I, it is just automatic because of the love the Lord instills in each that are his:) Did any of his disciples ask him why? You are Loved!

    • Let us remember that Jesus also died for the ones who were ridiculing the person who fell down or was hurt in your illustration, too. He died for all of us, whether we were lovable or not…certainly none of us deserved such a gift!

  2. By the way, I really liked this:)
    There are so many people out there right on the brink of ending their own lives and can’t seem to find a purpose for living,I would that all of us every day pray for them to be able to be used for the Glory of God instead of giving satan a reason to get up every day and torment them. Pray for those lost in darkness to be brought into the wonderful light of God!

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