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    What I’d Want You to Know if I Died Today

    February 4, 2014


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    When plane passengers experience strong wind turbulence, they do what comes naturally. Some pray, some panic. Some grab barf bags. I grab my laptop and start typing my will.

    At least, that’s what I did on a flight a few years ago. I figured if anything went wrong and if my computer was salvaged from the wreckage, my family would hopefully find my journal and know my dying wishes.

    Is that morbid? Maybe. But I have always wondered why we don’t talk about this particular “what if” more often. It’s as if we’re afraid if we do, something will happen. We’ll jinx ourselves into dying an untimely death by imagining the possibility out loud.

    This is a shame. When there are so many regrets among the living, so many things left unsaid, so many moments of opportunity buried in graves–why are we afraid to talk about death with the people we love?┬áDo we just assume we’ll have time to say what needs to be said before we take our last breath?

    Maybe it’s just plain awkward. I never showed my family what I’d written in flight that day. It’s tucked away in my journal somewhere. I’m sure they’ll find it if need be. But if not, here’s a sampling of the things I want people to know when I’m finally gone:


    To everyone:

    Bury me in a cardboard box. That shell of a body was never who I really was anyway. Besides, I’m getting a new body, and it’s going to be pretty hot.*

    Don’t mourn too long. I’m more alive and fulfilled than I have ever been.

    And one more thing–see “To my girls.”


    To my husband:

    Hug the girls. Hug each one of them everyday, so they will know what to look for in a man. And so they won’t go looking too soon.


    To my girls:

    Follow Jesus closely. Know Him well. Then you will become who you were meant to be.


    To our church:

    Don’t be a Sunday-only church. Be weekday Christians. If you don’t invite lonely and hurting people to dinner during the week, and bring them groceries and go out of your way to help them get a better life, please close your doors for good. There are enough unchristian churches out there already.


    That’s about it. What about you? What are your “living wishes”? What would you want people to know after you’re gone?


    * I Corinthians 15:42, Philippians 3:21






    One thought on “What I’d Want You to Know if I Died Today

    1. angie says:

      Great post and sweet sentiments.

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