I sit here with tears running down my face as I just finished reading Kara Tippetts’ goodbye letter. It’s a letter that no one imagines writing – especially at such a young age. I knew that she passed away on Sunday but reading her goodbye letter was really hard. Her story & outlook on life (and death) has changed me. Death has a way of making you rethink your life.
My heart aches for her husband and 4 young children who have to “do life” without her. Their life has been turned upside down. I pray that God gives them a special measure of peace in the days and weeks ahead.
Kara had a long and painful battle that started with breast cancer and ended up spreading to her bones and other organs in her body. You can read more about Kara’s story in her book The Hardest Peace or on her blog Mundane Faithfulness.
So how could this women I never met (or even knew about 6 months ago) make such an impact on my life?
I think it’s because I could relate to her as a mom. She loved her family and didn’t want to leave them.
She wanted to be there for them when they were sick.
She wanted to cheer them on.
She wanted to see her children graduate, get married, and have families of their own.
She wanted to grow old with her husband.
Kara was open and honest about her feelings. She was scared. She was angry. She cried. She pleaded with God. She endured a lot of pain. She wanted to be healed. Her fight was long and it was HARD. She could have chosen to be bitter but she chose to make the most of EACH moment she had left on earth. She lived to find joy in the little things – the things we often take for granted.
She felt helpless at times, but she didn’t feel HOPELESS!
She knew that her HOPE was in Jesus Christ. She wanted to share that message of hope with others and she didn’t let her disease and pain stop her.
In the midst of the “hard” she found peace.
She was (and still is) a beacon of light shining in the hard places of life. I am grateful that Kara chose to let her light shine in the midst of her battle because it has changed me.
I am confident that God said to Kara, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
What I learned (and hope I never forget) from Kara Tippetts:
I don’t know how long I will be on this earth but I can choose how I spend my time TODAY.
I can choose to grumble and complain about the daily, mundane tasks of motherhood and maintaining my house OR I can choose to do these daily tasks out of love and be grateful that I have been given THIS day to love on my family.
So I ask myself…
Will I live to serve God and my family in the small, everyday things today?
Will I choose to LOVE others and shine my light for Jesus today?
Will I slow down and let God lead me today?
Will I choose to use my time wisely or will I waste the day away?
Will I stress over the little things that really don’t matter?
Will I let my family know how much I love and appreciate them today?
Will I still trust God if the unexpected happens today?
Will I make a difference today?
Today is a GIFT! How will I use it? How will YOU use it?