Is there anyone or anything you’d lay down your life for?
Seriously. I know we’ve all got our priorities in life. Jobs, friends and family, religious and political ideologies – even the success of our favorite sports team! – can feel like matters of life and death.
But are they? What would you actually be willing to die for?
To answer this question, we’ve got to look at the heart of our lives, to those things that really endure. We ask questions like, What kind of person am I, really? What will I be remembered for?
What do you worry about? What keeps you up at night? Where do you spend your most vital energy?
Hold that thought.
Now, are those things that you’d be willing to die for? Do your daily preoccupations inspire life-and-death decisions? These things you spend so much of your time stressing over, are they what your life is truly about?
Probably not. When your little life is drawing to a close, I doubt you’ll worry too much about whether you published that book or got that promotion. I suspect you won’t fret too much about whether you earned that degree or received that award. Your GPA will not loom large on the day of judgment.
Answer that, and you’ll know why you’re alive in the first place.
Nonviolence in the Face of ISIS? Ridiculous!