When I got home my wife found a book she thought I might like titled "The Religious Personality". I began leafing through it and on the second page I found this -
"In many colleges and universities, on certain occasions students invite their professors to deliver a "last lecture." The students are asking the professor to talk to them on a different kind of subject from the one on which he usually lectures in the classroom. To facilitate the mood, they require the professor to put himself in the position of having an hour - one hour only, one last hour - in which to talk about whatever is of vital importance to him. They bid him raise these questions with himself: if this were my last opportunity to speak, about what would I speak? What should I say? What ought I to communicate? For what would I choose to be remembered?"
Initially I forgot about Randy Pausch and his 'last lecture' that was so popular and insightful a few months ago; and just pondered the question. It is such a large question. I tried to compose some thoughts, without sounding trite or simplistic or predictable. I never brought it to a conclusion. When you are older you begin to consider these things far more. After some thought, I realized that the reason I began this blog was to share the things that I think are the essence of a life well spent. I have been blogging since 2004 and haven't run out of subjects yet, so to distill them into an hour would be, seems to me, impossible. But it won't be necessary because, for those that care what I think, they will have the many posts which clearly spell out what is important to me. So, I felt somewhat off the hook and somewhat gratified the job is already done.
Needless to say, the living out these beliefs is a far greater task than to simply post them with a pretty picture. Jesus encourages us to keep on trying by his admonition - "men ought always to pray...."
Photo by Andre Arment