Life After Death
February 5, 2009 Leave a comment
Most times when we think about death, it’s a bad thing, especially when it involves a person. However, there are some situations where life actually gets better after death. These are the times when we let go of “dead weight” and are freed to flourish as we were created to do. Nevertheless, sometimes it’s easy to hold on to what’s familiar, even when it doesn’t benefit us. We become experts in pain management. We think we’re OK carrying around dead weight, but it’s actually keeping us from functioning optimally.
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)
You can’t fully thrive carrying around a bunch of dead weight. So assess your life. You might realize that you need to die to…
- Fear of failure or success
- Others’ opinions and expectations of you
- Your own failed/unfounded assumptions
- Unhealthy relationships
- Unrealistic expectations you have for other people
- Personal preferences that don’t add any long-term value to your purpose or vision
- Guilt or shame about past mistakes
- Regrets about past wasted opportunities
- Pride, greed, and dangerous vices
- Self-destructive habits
Fortunately, there is life after death. Dying to all this stuff will allow you to come alive to…
- Fresh start/clean slate
- New perspectives and ideas
- Refocused vision
- Bigger dreams
- Greater possibilities that exceed previous expectations
- New relationships
- Renewed energy
- Rekindled passion
- Mental/emotional/relational/spiritual freedom
- Clear conscience
Write a list of all the stuff that you’re still holding on to that needs to die. It may come from my list or other things that you have thought about. After you have written your list, go in your backyard, dig a hole, ball up your list, drop it in the hole, fill in the hole with dirt, sing a song, say a short prayer, and then get on with your life!
Your dead weight has overstayed its welcome. It’s time to move forward. Too many people are waiting for you to start living the life you were created to live.
Paul Wilson, Jr.
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