Life is Fragile

I recently finished reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. If you are not familiar with Randy’s story you can check it out at This man’s attitude is amazing considering the fact that he is dying and will be leaving behind a wife and three kids. There are parts of the book that make you laugh and parts that choke you up, but neither the lecture nor the book is about dying. Instead, Randy Pausch gives some good advice about how you should live. The book is good, and I recommend reading it.

While reading this book I really began to think about how fragile life is. One day you’re going along and everything is fine, then the next day you are diagnosed with a terminal illness. Your priorities suddenly change, and the things you once thought were important no longer matter as much. For me personally this book made me realize that the time I have with my family is precious and I need to make the most of it. We never know when our time here on Earth will be up, so we should live every day like it’s our last.

That leads me to the story I first saw on the news this morning, then listened to on the radio all the way to work. Christian artist Stephen Curtis Chapman lost his 5-year old daughter yesterday afternoon in a horrible accident. One of his teenage sons did not see her in the family’s driveway and ran over her. I could not imagine what this family must be going through, and they will be in my prayers. This is yet another reminder of the fragility of life. If you haven’t hugged your loved ones today do it now and as often as you can!

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