You know, one of the things I love about this blog is I can write when I feel like it and you can read it when you feel like, if at all. While I like to send the e-mails as well, somehow the blog feels a bit more spontaneous and fresh– maybe that is because I just write and push “publish”. It’s really a lot like this Tim McGraw song I love, “Live Like You Were Dying”, that could include blogging 10 times a day if I felt like it! That is a scary thought!

The idea of living like you are dying is a lot like dancing on the edge of heaven and breathing every breath. Why wait for tomorrow to do the things that are on your heart today? Is it laziness, the sense that you have all the time in the world, fear, or maybe not even thinking about the things that are on your heart? Well, I can tell you facing Stage 4 cancer directly in the face has a way of getting your attention and causing you to think about the things that are on your heart more than anything else. I have come to realize that matters of the heart are the most important thing to me and that idea of loving and being loved that I talked about in the Introduction of this Blog are more than nice words in a Hallmark card.

Today after chemo I came home and interviewed a developer for Simio, our software company up in Everett, then had some great time again with Jaime, Inga and Kirsten. They are all like daughters but of course I am way too young to be their dad. Jaime reminded me, while massaging my feet (life is especially good today!) that early in this journey I had the clear sense that Jesus asked me if I wanted to go back, to be cured if you will, better than that, never even having the cancer. The underlying question was really “Do you trust me?’. You can actually read more in my post of October 18th, 2006 because it was a pivotal time early in the diagnosis that really turned doubt and discouragement into Hope and Joy.

I thought I would share the lyrics to “Live Like You Were Dying” with you today.

God is Good, All the Time, God is Good!

That includes country music!

Blessings

don

Artist: Tim McGraw
Album: Live Like You Were Dying
Song: Live Like You Were Dying

Lyrics:He said I was in my early forties
with a lot of life before me
when a moment came that stopped me on a dime
and I spent most of the next days
looking at the x-rays
Talking bout the options
and talking bout sweet time
I asked him when it sank in
that this might really be the real end
how’s it hit you when you get that kinda news
man what’d you do

and he said
I went sky diving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named FuManchu
and I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter
and I gave forgiveness I’d been denying
and he said someday I hope you get the chance
to live like you were dying.

He said I was finally the husband
that most the time I wasn’t
and I became a friend a friend would like to have
and all the sudden going fishin
wasn’t such an imposition
and I went three times that year I lost my dad
well I finally read the good book
and I took a good long hard look
at what I’d do if I could do it all again

and then
I went sky diving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named FuManchu
and I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter
and I gave forgiveness I’d been denying
and he said someday I hope you get the chance
to live like you were dying.

Like tomorrow was a gift and you got eternity to think about
what’d you do with it what did you do with it
what did I do with it
what would I do with it’

Sky diving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named FuManchu
and then I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter
and I watched an eagle as it was flying
and he said someday I hope you get the chance
to live like you were dying.
To live like you were dying
To live like you were dying
To live like you were dying
To live like you were dying

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  1. Jaime Hestad on April 25, 2007 8:24 pm

    Don, as always it was a treat to get to spend time with you. I walked away grinning ear to ear grateful for the encouragement that you are to me…AND looking forward to seeing and hearing more how the Lord will make Himself known to you (and therefore to the rest of us) through this process. He has been unpredictable, but clear throughout this entire process, and I expect nothing less from Him. He, like the rest of us, loves you SO much!

  2. Gary on April 25, 2007 9:21 pm

    Don, powerful words. I get so caught up in distractions that really don’t matter in the long run. Two things really struck me in your post.

    First, the issue of trusting God. Despite my head knowledge of God, my heart knowledge of Him is still immature. Most of the time it’s difficult for me to trust Him. If I remember correctly Chesterton said something to the effect that all sin is born out of our lack of trust that God is good and that He truly cares for us.

    Despite my difficulty trusting Him these days, when I faced brain surgery three years ago, I could trust Him. I was completely at peace with the potential of death. I was honestly not afraid of dying. (The idea of blindness, cognitive impairment and incontinence did scare me though!) I believe that peace and the ability to trust Him were His gifts rather than something I worked up. They lasted through the season that they were needed.

    The second thing that stood out for me was the line in the song, “and I became a friend a friend would like to have”. I asked myself, “am I the kind of friend I would like to have?” My answer certainly depends on the particular friendship. But overall, there’s certainly room to learn how to love more fully, more freely.

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey and your heart. It really is a privilege to read your blog.

  3. inga on April 26, 2007 3:50 pm

    Don don don!
    Thank you for praying with me yesterday. I needed to hear the words you said regarding my family. I am thankful for the family He’s given me with so many other brothers and sisters in Him! I read in Galatians today, “the most important thing is faith expressing itself through love”. Amen! I love you!

  4. Don on April 26, 2007 4:50 pm

    Thank you Jaime, Gary and Inga for your kind words of encouragement. Just knowing that you take the time to read my ramblings lifts my spirits. Having a great Thursday and Heather and I have a date night tonight to the Sheraton so we can be awake early for the King County Leadership Breakfast with Tony Hall tomorrow. There will be so many friends to see it will be hard to stay seated for long.

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