Friday, July 28, 2006

What does this mean?

This whole "before-I-die" topic keeps coming up. It started with a simple question about a list, and for some reason it's all that's been talked about since. And I don't mean only in the blog world. Every other Tuesday night I lead a Bible study for the guys in my youth group. It usually doesn't have as much to do with the Bible as it does with basic stuff, And b/c it's a smaller group and only the guys we can get into some more personal and important stuff than we could ever bring up in a larger group. Well the list came up there this past Tuesday.

One of the guys that graduated 2 years ago and is home for the summer led the discussion. He talked about making the right life choices and not getting complacent. He referred a couple times to the book "Wild at Heart" by John Eldridge. (This book should be a must-read for every man in the world. And it wouldn't hurt the women to read it either.) The interesting thing about his talk was that he was looking at the world through the eyes of a 20 year old. And the rest of the guys were all close to the same age. But what was discussed was almost exactly what I have been thinking about ever since the whole "list" thing came up.

I'm not going to bore you with the details of our talk that night, since we talked for a couple hours. But my point is that this is a pretty important thing. All of the responses and posts from the late-20/30-something crowd showed that. And then to hear it brought up again by someone completely separated from any previous discussions, and a lot younger, proved it once again. And then there were the thoughts from the two oldest farts to read this rag, Guy and my Dad. Their perspective is a little different and their lists are much shorter. But they echoed each other by saying that goals and dreams are necessary if done with common sense.

It seems that everyone has on opinion on this. So much food for thought I'm gonna be thinking about this for a long time.


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