Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Conversation Wednesday

I don't do this enough on my blog.

It's not all about me...I want it to be about you as well.

So I wanted to ask you a question that won't take a lot of time to answer (depending on what you want to put into it) and something that will help us get to know each other better.

My question?

If you know your life would end tomorrow, what would be the last thing you would do?

I'll answer first.

I'd want to sit one person down and tell them about Jesus. And not worry about how my words might sound. Not think about whether or not they might be "offended" by my faith. But share and love and speak for what He has done for me and what He can do for them if they open their heart.

So often I don't say anything because I'm not sure how, without expounding into nothing for fifteen minutes when I only had five. Know what I mean?

What would you do if you knew you only had one day left?

(and this doesn't have to be all serious. I'd probably eat my fill of caramel Taffy all that day too. ;-))


  1. great question, Casey! First I would write a letter of apology to all those I offended and never made amends. Secondly, I would write a letter to those who offended me, and I have held onto those hurts and sorrows to my detriment. I would release them with a message of forgiveness and love. Next, I would spend time with the Lord, asking Him for His grace. And finally, I would eat buttered popcorn, ice cream and chocolate kisses until I was sick to my stomach. No sense counting carbs....

  2. Boy, Case, you don't pull any punches, do you???

    This required some deep thought and wrinkles because I'm not used to thinking this hard in the morning, but ...

    I would immediately sit down and write a letter to my husband, son, daughter-in-law, daughter and granddaughter, telling them how much they meant to me, how proud I am of them and how very much I love them.

    When my kids were small, I started a tradition on New Year's Eve where I wrote a letter to each of my children, telling them the funny things they did and said that year (I kept a log) and how much I'd seen them grow and the talents I saw burgeoning. I would then seal the letter away into a "Memory File" that I plan to give to them someday when I am old or gone. I cannot imagine how much I would cherish a letter from my mom today, speaking of her love and pride in me, telling me stories that only she knew about me.

    Regrettably, life got busy, and I only did those letters for about five years, but they are still tucked away in that memory file to be opened someday ...

    Then I would write a blanket letter to the dearest friends I have (in which YOU would be included, Case), telling them the impact they had on my life and how I was a better person for knowing them, loving them.

    Finally, I would write a letter to each of my siblings doing the same.

    At first I thought maybe I would want to do some easy "bucket list" things like pig out at a restaurant I always wanted to go to, dye my hair red (always wanted to do that, but don't have the guts) or pick out the dangle earrings I wanted to wear for the funeral, but I realized that when push comes to shove and I am standing on the threshold of eternity, things like food, vanity and bucket-list adventures don't really matter, only God and the people He's brought into our life. Which is the way it should be, isn't it?

    Deep question!!


  3. I don't know! Can that be my answer?

  4. Hefty question, Casey!

    The last thing I'd do is pull my family close, stick my tongue out and do the neener neener I get to see God first, because I'm competitive.

    Ok, that's not what'd I'd do. But I would pull them close and tell them how much they've meant to me in this life and encourage them to stand firm in their faith, and then remind them, I'll be cheering them on...I'll be the one standing front and center in the cloud of witnesses (b/c I'm competitive).

    And now, you've made me cry thinking about it so I'm going to swallow the lump in my throat and thank God I still have this moment right now. :)

  5. Wow. This is a deep question! I should have tried to answer before I read everyone else's answer. I think I'd gather all the people closest to me and just want to spend time with them. I could say anything that needed to be said (apologies, encouragement, etc.) and then just enjoy being with them. Part of that, too, would be sharing the gospel with a family member who is lost. It's so hard to talk with her about Jesus but I know she needs to keep hearing it!

  6. Knowing I wouldnt watch them grow up, I would spend every last heartbeat with my children. And of course my husband.

    I would also hint that if he were to remarry and she was prettier than me, I take no responsibility if she were to be randomly struck by lightening. :)

  7. That is a great question! I'd talk with my sister about Jesus, because I've never really talked in depth about my faith with her. I'd just put it all out there . . . without any reservations.

    Of course, I'd love on my family "like there was no tomorrow!"

    And ice cream . . . I'd eat lots, and lots of ice cream. :D

    Have a blessed day!

  8. This makes me think of the Tim McGraw song Live Like You Were Dying.

    I think I wouldn't worry about my blood sugar levels, I'd spend every moment with my family, and they would know without a doubt how important they were in my life.

    Which is a good reminder to make sure they know now. :)

  9. Loving the conversation today!

    MARY, So much can be said through a letter can't it? And doesn't forgiveness and holding grudges seem like a trivial thing to withhold in the grand scheme of eternity?

    JULIE, I LOVE what you did for your kids every year, that is something so incrediably precious, I know they are going to treasure them. I have often thought about doing the exact same thing. And love your last thoughts, so completely inspiring!

  10. SHERI, somehow I think you would completely make use of your last day. :)

    JESSICA, oh your comment made me giggle! It really makes you put family into perspective doesn't it? It helps you forgive the petty and focus on the gift they are!

  11. BROOKE, enJOYment, I love that word! To have a day spent in complete and utter JOY and let nothing else worry us. WOuldn't that be a day?? :)

    JOANNE, oh my goodness, I love your comment! You'd have to make your husband a list of what and where he could and couldn't look. ;)

  12. MICHELLE, yes, exactly what I would want to do as well. I'm not the kind of person to shout my faith from a soap box on the corner of the street, but I would want to tell just one person what Jesus means to me.

    ERICA, which is funny, because today I had on Pandora and heard that very song. I love that song! I love what you said, a good reason for them to know now. We have no excuses, do we?

    Love the discussion today folks, thanks for joining in! It makes you think doesn't it and aren't you glad we DON'T know when our last day is? But it does encourage me to live my life as though it were a gift. Because it is.

  13. I don't want to read anyone else's answers ... not yet. If I do, I'll go, "Yeah, I would do that. And that. And that."
    I'd spend my last day (hypothetically)doing other people's stuff.
    So ...
    here's what I would do:
    I would say thank you to a lot of people.
    And I would tell a lot of people I loved them.
    And why.
    And then I would sit with my husband and my kids and be quiet.
    And hold my husband's hand because that's one of my favorite ways to be close with my husband ... still.
    And I would probably laugh some.
    And cry some.
    And reminisce some.
    And talk about how faithful God was even when I wasn't ...
    and tell them all I'd seen them in heaven ...
    I'd try not to be all about regrets and more about gratitude.

  14. I love that Beth, so perfectly you. ♥

  15. Wow, Casey, yes, this is a great question. I would want to spend the whole day snuggled up with my dear hubby and kiddos and calling all those I love who are far away and talking to them about Jesus.


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