A friend came to Rabbi Harold Kushner, the noted author of “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” and said to him: “Two weeks ago, for the first time in my life I went to the funeral of a man my own age. I didn’t know him well, but we worked together, talked to each other from time to time, and we had kids about the same age. He died suddenly over the weekend. A bunch of us went to the funeral, each of us thinking, “It could just as easily have been me.”
That was two weeks ago. They have already replaced him at the office. I hear his wife is moving out of state to live with her parents. Two weeks ago he was working fifty feet away from me, and now it’s as if he never existed.
It’s like a rock falling into a pool of water. For a few seconds, it makes ripples in the water, and then the water is the same as it was before, but the rock isn’t there anymore.
Rabbi, I’ve hardly slept at all since then. I can’t stop thinking that it could happen to me, that one day it WILL happen to me, and a few days later I will be forgotten as if I had never lived. Shouldn’t a person’s life be more than that?”
This man had just experienced a wakeup call! For all of us, there are times like that when we are brought up short, and we are left thinking disturbing questions like, “Shouldn’t a person’s life be more than that?”
The PURPOSE of Your Life Is to DISCOVER Your Gifts.
The WORK of Your Life Is to DEVELOP Your Gifts.
The MEANING of Your Life Is to GIVE Your Gifts Away,
ESPECIALLY After You Have RETIRED From Your EVERYDAY JOB!
YOU WILL NEVER KNOW THAT GOD IS ALL YOU NEED, UNTIL GOD IS ALL YOU’VE GOT!