“Don’t be afraid of death, Winnie. Be afraid of the unlived life.” – Angus Tuck
I remember one summer, back in middle school, reading and rereading Tuck Everlasting.
The story was dark and beautiful, sad and romantic. The intricacies of a girl afraid to grow up, tangled up with a boy who magically never could.
Can I be honest about something? I’m not afraid of death.
But I am afraid of wasting this one life I’ve been given by God.
Maybe it was Cancer that changed me. My dad’s passing changed me. Watching my mom walk through widowhood has changed me. Life is so short, so fragile, and gone in a blink. And I can’t accept mediocrity or mundane living. I refuse to hide from the harsh realities, and I accept how life makes me feel so deeply, whether good or bad. While we have plenty of opportunities to numb ourselves or pretend death doesn’t exist…
I just can’t. And I won’t.
Death, as a believer in Christ and in salvation through the work of the cross, isn’t the end. I don’t know how I’ll leave this earth one day, but I’m positive that no doctor, no fortune teller, no star reading, no “average” study or medical test can predict when my time is up.
When the work I need to do here is done, then my God will call me home. And until then, I’m called to LIVE. To choose life. And to live it unafraid.
- Unafraid to set goals and push my boundaries.
- Unafraid to get out of my comfort zone and be challenged.
- Unafraid to love deeply, even if it could mean a broken heart or a shattered dream.
- Unafraid to shout the truth, even if I’m looked down on if my opinion or lifestyle is unpopular.
- Unafraid to be me.
Do I walk out that calling every day? No. There are days life hits me hard and I don’t want to leave my house. There are days I don’t know what next step to take. I get discouraged and doubtful. You brought me this far, Lord…and yet I’m questioning…
I think the sting of Death simply reminds us there’s more beyond what we see here on this earth. That there truly is such greater joy ahead for those who believe it. That there is a life you’ve been given, and you only have one shot to embrace it and live it to the fullest.
Hug your loved ones and tell them what they mean to you. Take that trip. Choose to treat your body well and feel fully alive through the way you love yourself. God gave you a precious gift in breathing life into your very being…and you are needed. You have a role to play in this world. Someone needs YOUR story and YOUR inspiration to give them the encouragement to get through their challenges. We need what only YOU can give.
So don’t be afraid of Death. Be afraid of the unlived life.