I started reading this book just yesterday, upon the recommendation from a friend, and it has rocked my world! One Month to Live, by Kerry and Chris Shook, is a unique approach to examining your life from the perspective of it potentially being your last month. It’s not a bucket-list approach to how you might live, but rather it looks at how you might start making each day count, making it more fruitful, and positively impacting those around you.
Here are a few questions posed in the book, as well as some probing thoughts:
One Little Dash
“Looking at old tombstones, I can’t help but recognize that entire lives are now reduced before me to two dates and one little dash … It comes down to what’s in the dash …We don’t get to decide the dates on our gravestone. We don’t know when our time on this earth will be up. But there is one thing we have a vast amount of control over. We get to decide how we’re going to use our dash.”
“I know so many people whose favorite day of the week is Someday … Someday. One day. When. If. Then it’s over … This is your life, right here, right now … God didn’t design us simply to stand by and watch life pass as we wonder why we aren’t more fulfilled. God created us to take risks in faith and to conquer the giants that paralyze us with fear.”
Make It Count
“As quickly as possible, without thinking too hard or too long, make a list of five things you’d change about your life if you knew you only had a month to live.”
“Are you doing anything in your life right now that requires faith?”
One of the things the book encourages the reader to do is tell someone you are reading this book, as an accountability partner, but also as someone to share what’s happening as you attempt to live boldly. I have chosen you. Through this space I hope to share what I have been learning, my reflections, my conviction, and yes … how I am choosing to use my dash.