Life is Precious

(Originally written in February, 1996)

If you were give a thousand dollar bill, you would have multiple options on what you could do with it. You could waste it by throwing it into a fire, spend it at your local mall, hoard it by hiding it under your mattress, invest it at a financial institution, or give it away to others. Each of us daily faces those same options with our life. We may waste it recklessly, spend it freely, hoard it in loneliness and isolation, invest it in worthy causes or other people, or give it away by serving others. The past few weeks have reminded me of the eternal importance of each life.

Life is fleeting – invest it prudently. One of my mentors died recently after have live a full life. Richard Halverson was one of the twelve men that have most influenced me. I only met him twice in forty years, but every two weeks for twenty years his “Perspective” letters influence my thinking. He served for forty years as a Presbyterian pastor in two of our most visible cities – Hollywood and Washington D.C. For the last fifteen years he served under three presidents as the Chaplain of the United States Senate. He was probably the most respected man in our nation’s capital by our political leaders from both parties. He invested his life in thousands and gave it unselfishly until his death. Who are you influencing today?

Life is fragile – handle it prayerfully. Our friends, Debbie and Kevin, and their two sons left church Sunday morning to visit a terminally ill little boy at the hospital. Afterwards their van was hit unexpectedly by another car that ran a red light. The impact was at 50 miles an hour with no skid marks. The four family members were rushed to three different hospitals. Debbie’s body was nearly torn in two by her seat belt; she suffered multiple internal wounds, broken bones, and a high risk of infection. She is progressing, but is facing a long recovery period. Forty friends gathered at the hospital during her surgery at 11:00 pm that night, circling the surgery waiting room, holding hands and praying for a miracle. As a bright young mother, Debbie has given her life for her husband, children, friends, church, and community. She had no idea that Sunday how close to death she would come. Have you accomplished the important things that you wanted to do in life? Are you ready to face death at any time?

Life is precious – treat it carefully. The little boy whom Debbie and Kevin had visited in the hospital was named Kory. He died at five and one-half years of age the following Tuesday. The memorial service was packed out. Many nurses and doctors took time off work to show their respect for the little one’s courage over the previous long months of hospital stays. One short life had affected hundreds and thousands. In a society of disposable containers, throw away marriages, and broken relationships, have we valued pleasure, prestige, or possessions more than people? Is there a precious life near you that desperately needs your attention?

Life is lived best when it is given away, sacrificially – Because life is fleeting, life is fragile, and life is precious.

Looking at life differently,
Kent Humphreys

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”   James 4:14 (NIV)


About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

One Response to Life is Precious

  1. Cathy Westm says:

    Thank you Kent & Davidene!

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