What if you knew you had only a few months to live? What would you do? That's a question most of us have never been confronted with and thus a question that will never move beyond our emotions into real life action. But for many people, this question is no longer hypothetical--it's reality. People like Randy Pausch, who got the news one day that he had pancreatic cancer and had only months to live.
What would you do? Randy, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, decided to give a lecture. He called it, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams." But the lecture had nothing to do with dying. It had to do with living and "overcoming obstacles and enabling the dreams of others, and seizing every moment." These lectures became a best-selling book entitled, The Last Lecture.
My mother-in-law gave me this book (thanks Linda!) and I couldn't put it down. Indeed, Randy's message strikes a chord with many people, but his words were written mainly for his wife and three young kids. I expected it to be a sad book; it was, but it was so much more. It made me think about the spiritual legacy I want to leave with my children and others. I don't know where Randy is at with the Lord (he didn't discuss his specific beliefs) but I know that all of us must come to grips with how short life really is. After all we don't know when our time on earth is up. Are we ready to meet our Maker? And are we leaving a legacy by how we're living our lives this very day? Makes you rethink your New Year's Resolutions doesn't it?
I encourage you to read this book. If you're not a reader, you can watch his entire lecture below (1 hr. 16 min.)