I am a certified life coach. Yep, certifiably certified. Or maybe just certifiable, I don’t know. Anyway, I haven’t done a lot with it up to this point. I pulled out the books and all the training materials the other day, just to brush up on it all and I came across this little story in Jesus Life Coach by Laurie Beth Jones. This is what it said:
My friend Joe Mathews shared a poignant story with me recently. His best friend’s wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a short time to live. Joe said he watched in awe as Dan and his wife, Christine, began to live each day with tremendous clarity and love. When it was nearly the end Joe finally got up the courage to ask Christine the question: “What does it feel like to live each day knowing you are dying?” She raised herself up on one arm, and then asked him, “Joe, what does it feel like to live each day pretending that you are not?”
As much as I get what that story is about, and I do, how, I wonder to myself, would that be possible if I have to spend my time doing the things I need to do to ensure that my family is taken care of and prepare for a future I know were are not promised, not to mention the daily chores that keep a family running. Herein lies the catch, I suppose. The age-old delimena of living like there is no tomorrow and planning like we’ll live forever. And I’m not speaking spiritually about living forever.
The best I can come up with is to do what we know to do. To nurture the relationships that we cherish and tend to the things we are committed to care for and do all things with balance and abandoned love for those who matter most.