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