The Way I Want To Go

Ed Lorenz made the news. On Wednesday he bowled a perfect game for the third time in his life. Of course, that’s not why Ed made the news, for many have bowled perfect games. Ed made the news because he died shortly after his accomplishment. In the fifth frame of the next game, he collapsed. Efforts to revive him failed, and he died at the age of 69.
Johnny Masters, who was bowling with Ed, summed up how many feel: “If he could have written a way to go out, this would be it.” For all avid bowlers, Ed Lorenz departed this life in a wonderful way.
I’ve heard others talk about how they would like to leave this life. Those who are golfers talk about making a hole-in-one just before death. Whatever your hobby or interest, that’s the thing you probably want to be doing in your last moments on earth. I’ve even heard of preachers who have passed away while delivering a sermon. Other preachers speak of such news with near-envious tones.
The stark truth is that we usually aren’t able to choose the time or circumstances of our passing. Some seize the controls and take their own lives, but that’s actually God’s domain. Rather than assuming we know better than the Lord when and where we should make our exit, a person of faith relinquishes those decisions to him.
How would I like to leave this earth? That’s an easy question: I want to leave in Christ. All other details about my passing are unknown, but that one is within my power to decide. This was Paul’s wish:
“But indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith” (Philippians 3:8,9, NKJV).
To be “found in him” is the highest aspiration any of us could hold. And when being in Christ becomes our number one goal, all of our hobbies and treasures will become as rubbish.
That, according to God, is the way we should all want to go.

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