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Are you living your dash?



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October 19, 2011 - In my last article I talked about the dash. You know –that dash between your birth date and death date. You see it in obituaries and on headstones in cemeteries. That dash represents your life.

You cannot control your birthday. You cannot control your death date. At least you're not supposed to.

However, you can do something with your dash. You can live your dash intentionally. You can live passionately. Love completely. Learn humbly.

The fact is, we are all aging. Our days are numbered.

Speaking of aging, I came across a comedian's take on aging that I really like.

It says, "Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids.

"If you are less than 10 years old you are so excited about aging that you think in fractions. How old are you? I'm four and a half. You are never 36˝ . You are four and a half going on five. That's the key.

"You get into your teens and now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, even a few ahead.

"How old are you? I'm going to be 16 and you could be 13, but hey you are going to be 16.

"Then the greatest day of your life –you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. You become 21.

"Yes, but then you turn 30. Ooh, what happened there. Makes you sound like bad milk. He turned, we had to throw him out. There is no fun now, you just soured. What's wrong? What's changed?

"You become 21. You turn 30 and then you are pushing 40.

"Whoa, put on the brakes. It's all slipping away. Before you know it you reach 50 and your dreams are gone. But wait, you make it to 60. You didn't think you would, but you make it. So you become 21, turn 30, push 40, reach 50 and make it to 60. You built up so much speed now that you hit 70.

"After that it's a day-to-day thing. You hit Wednesday. You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle. You hit lunch. You turn 4:30. You reach bedtime.

"It doesn't end there. Into the 90's you start going backwards. I was just 92. Then a strange thing happens if you make it over 100 –you become a little kid again. I'm 100˝."

Whether you are 8 ˝ or 90 ˝. Live your dash! "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." (John 10:10)

The Rev. Greg Henneman is pastor of Clarkston Community Church.

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