“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
You know those people who seem to always be living on the edge? They scale the most treacherous cliffs. They summit the highest mountains. They run the wildest rivers. They jump out of perfectly good airplanes, or off of perfectly good bridges. They donate their kidneys to people in need—sometimes perfect strangers. I came across a guy like this recently. He mentioned first descents on wild rivers and how friends always asked if he had a death wish. They asked the same question when he became a nondirected kidney donor—meaning he donated to a stranger.
His answer to the question, in both instances, was, “No, I don’t have a death wish. I have a life wish.”* He craved excitement and adventure, and challenge, but also PURPOSE and MEANING. He wanted to GIVE life as much as he wanted to experience it himself. So when he learned that he could save someone’s life by donating one of his kidneys, of course he said, “Sure, sign me up.”
How about you? Do you have a life wish? Yours may not involve donating an organ, or climbing Mt. Everest. But there are a lot of ways to experience and to give life:
- Is there a skill you’ve always wanted to learn or an activity you’ve always wanted to try?
- Is there a gift you can give that would brighten someone’s day?
- Is there a relationship that needs mending, or forgiveness that needs to be given?
- Is there a blessing in your life that you need to show gratitude for?
I’d bet you could think of some others, too. Feel free to share them via social media using #LifeWish. Best wishes on your adventure!
*I should mention that life wishes often come with risks, and perhaps even sacrifices. But isn’t that most often the case with the very best of gifts?