We are living in a dark and difficult time. Disease and death are spreading all over the world. We’ve all wondered when it might affect us, and how it will affect us. These questions are valid. The thoughts are important. The decisions we make as a result will have a long-lasting effect.
Death is an incomprehensible mystery and an inevitable reality we will all face.
Since death is a reality, we try to find ways to manage death.
Some manage it by denying that it will happen. This is the weakest of all positions. You can say it as loudly and as often as you want—that you're not going to die—but you will.
The second way people manage death is to try to postpone it. Health and fitness programs, medications, and the best end-of-life care are some options. We think delaying death can make us ready for it.
The third way some manage death is to hasten it. Sometimes in response to a spiritual ache or a feeling of meaninglessness we pursue things detrimental to our health.
Then there are some who are determined to deal with death. They have a business-like response—"It’s going to come, so let me do the best I can right now and enjoy my life.” Some even take it a step further and decide to intentionally make a contribution to society. Maybe they teach younger people how to live wisely, share their principles with others, write a book, work according to their gifts and talents, or even contribute their vital organs upon their death so others else can live.
But none of these responses solves the problem of death. We need someone to do that for us.