Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Last Lecture

Just wanted to take a minute and share a story that inspired me. Last night, when I could have been sleeping I got pulled into a TV program I don't usually watch. A Diane Sawyer special highlighting the life of one man named Randy Pausch. Randy Pausch is a 47 year old man who has been married for a short 7 years to his wife Jai, they have 3 beautiful children and were living life when one day Randy found out he had Pancreatic Cancer. Pancreatic Cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer and being such, he was given only 6 months to live.

Being a University professor he got up in front of his students, colleagues, and friends to give his "Last Lecture". A friend taped the lecture for someone who could not be there and then posted it on You Tube and since then many have been inspired. I have not watched the whole lecture yet, only clips that were showed on the TV program last night but this guys outlook on living life is what is inspiring. It was just a reminder how short and fragile life really is.

Nothing is guaranteed in this except of course for death and taxes. Of course we all know we will die someday but if left with only 6 months to live....would have to courage to live life to the fullest like Randy Pausch or would I spend the rest of my days angry with God and resentful for not getting to live a full life?! Deep thoughts! I don't know.......just thought you might want to check out his book or video posted on You Tube.

Sometimes we all need a reminder of how precious life is and to not take things for granted....even the bad days when the kids aren't acting perfect or the car won't start, or the money isn't there to pay the bills. The most important thing to remember is to cherish the time you have on this earth and always LOVE the ones that are close to you with all your heart!


The Milner Family said...

Our family has been living out this lesson the last two years. We have buried two friends both left behind a wife and children. One widow had a three year old and a three weeks old, the other widow was due with their first son two weeks after his death. She also had a 12 year old and 4 year old as well. It has been very difficult but we have seen God's grace and mercy first hand. These women are my earthly heroes. Have you ever heard the song "We Live" by Superchick. You should listen to it sometime. It really makes you think. If you don't have the song you can find it on our play list located on our blog.