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Recently a teacher friend of my wife spent Sunday with her husband planning for the start of school the next day. She had been at school the previous week attending several professional staff development sessions, and was excitedly looking forward to her first day of classes with students in attendance.

When Monday morning came she awoke with a severe headache, and decided reluctantly to take a sick day. She called her husband at work to let him know that she was staying home and he decided to leave work and come home to be with her.

Her headache continued and they finally decided to go to the emergency room at the nearest hospital. Within hours, his wife, who on Sunday was looking forward to the next day, was dead on Monday.

Many people have experienced this in their own lives where someone they knew well, died unexpectedly by accident or a sudden onset of health issues. We know intellectually that we are all going to die. In Scripture Proverbs 27:1 says to "not boast about tomorrow, for we do not know what the day will bring." James 4:13-14 says this and also tells us that it can happen at any time. Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell and make a profit;" whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

All of this ought to raise questions in your mind. What is your life? For what is your life? Are you really alive or are just pretending to be alive. 

Viktor Frankl in his ground-breaking book, Man's Search for Meaning stated that having a "raison d'etre" or a reason for being is what keeps us truly alive, God created every one of us for a reason, with an assigned mission, whether we have discovered it or not. How can you discover your reason for being? It is fairly easy when we are intent on finding it. In working with my coaching clients, they are generally able to figure it out in 20 minutes or less.

But the truth is, most people are afraid to make this discovery. They are uncomfortable with it, because they fear it will require change in their lives. They are right. It does require change and it will make you uncomfortable, but that discomfort is nothing compared to living daily knowing that your life is being wasted minute by minute..

Keep in mind that there is every possibility that the mission for which you were created is meant for you alone. And if you don't fulfill your mission, it will forever be left undone.

So what are you waiting for? Life is sitting in the palm of your hand, sparkling like a diamond, and melting like a snowflake. It is time to discover what your life is for, to discover your reason for being. It is time to begin doing something that makes you feel truly alive,.

Of course you can always wait for tomorrow...   

 


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