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A Good Way to Spend the Next 30 Days

Author, political commentator, and former physician, Charles Krauthammer, has roughly one month to live. His story is currently all over the news, and people are intrigued by his demeanor and acceptance of his inevitable death.

I preached a sermon series recently called, One Month to Live. If you knew you only had one month to live, what would you do differently? And if there are things you would do differently, why not do them now, regardless of how much time you have left?

For most of us, the “one-month challenge” is only an exercise to help us think about areas of our lives that need to change, but for Charles Krauthammer, it’s real life.

In a recent article in The Washington Post, Krauthammer wrote, “I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life—full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”

Wow. Living life with no regrets. I wish I could say the same, but, unfortunately, I can think of a few (or more) regrets laid at the door of poor choices, actions taken, and words spoken that can’t be undone.

I’m grateful for Krauthammer’s self-reflection, and I pray for him and his family. With one month to live, there must be genuine peace to have lived “the life that was intended.” And I pray that for you, too.

For those of us whose life reflections are a bit more tainted, however, how can we face death if we only had one month to live? Herein lies the hope of the Gospel. No other religion, philosophy, or worldview provides motivation for change, a hope of eternal life, and deliverance from the weight of guilt and shame besides that of the way of Jesus.

Jesus Christ is our motivation for change because He is the power and provider for us to live a life of no regrets. “In Him, we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). He gives us a “living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). And “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13).

We all have a death sentence. For Charles Krauthammer, that sentence may be served quicker than mine, but maybe not. Either way, letting go of past regrets and choosing to live with no more regrets is a good way to spend the next thirty days.  

Learn to forgive yourself, for forgiveness is the doorway for peace and joy-filled living. C. S. Lewis once wrote, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you” (The Weight of Glory). Once your burdens are lifted, you will find yourself stepping into the way of light for however many days you have left to live.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life”—Jesus.

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Does Your Faith Look Like a Model Home?

Have you ever taken a Sunday afternoon and gone “Model Home Crashing”? This is where you make a list of all the new neighborhoods around you and you visit the model homes, acting like you could actually afford to live there. You enjoy the hors-d'oeuvres and maybe a glass of champagne as you admire the décor and make mental notes for how you can redecorate your . . . old-er . . . home. And then when the real estate agent asks if you have any questions, you nonchalantly say, “No, I’m just looking.”

Model homes are designed to give the appearance that someone lives there, but they’re simply an empty shell. A house full of furniture but empty of people living there. It looks nice, but there is no life.

Sometimes I wonder if my faith is like a model home. It looks nice, but does it have life and substance? How about your faith?

Following Jesus is about living, not just believing (James 2:19, 26). If a model home doesn’t eventually have a family move into it, the house is in danger of rotting from the inside out. People are needed to maintain the home which deteriorates when left unattended.

Sounds a lot like faith.

Faith ignored is faith in decline. Like an empty house, it becomes moldy and musty. Vacant homes need the windows opened for fresh air to force out the stuffy smell of dormancy. They need deep cleaning, touch-up painting, and possible repairing. A house is meant to be lived in, not just visited.

Of course, a lived-in home can become a messy home. Spills on the carpet, scuffs on the linoleum, scratches on the walls. But those are indications that life is being lived. It’s messy and mucky, and it always needs to be cleaned, but at least there is life. Your home is not a museum with artifacts on display. Your home is a refuge, communication center, and barracks for a family on mission.

Likewise, your faith—if truly lived—will be messy and mucky at times. You will have spills, scuffs and scratches, and you will need constant cleaning and upkeep. But you also have Jesus, the Master Cleaner, who dwells with you, and with His help, your faith is maintained, and your messes are overcome.

Don’t try to keep your faith looking like a model home where you masquerade as though everything is perfect. It’s not. And that’s okay. Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). A house is meant to be lived in, and so is your faith. Your faith requires upkeep, but not for the purpose of keeping up appearances. Maintain your faith for the purpose of it becoming mission central for God’s Spirit to flow through your life. Your home should be a blessing to others, and your faith should, too.

“I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2b).

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