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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Life Goes On

“Life Goes On”

Whether we’re going through the worst of times or the best of times, history and our own experiences show us that life does go on. This is true, but I don’t recommend saying “life goes on” to someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

“There is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under heaven —
A time to give birth and a time to die…
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)

I thought about the above passage last week when our daughter gave birth to a beautiful seven pound girl on Wednesday, then a close friend died of cancer on Friday – “A time to give birth and a time to die.”

Those who are grieving and those who are rejoicing have this in common – life goes on for both of them.

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It was a beautiful Friday afternoon in 1996 that the neurologist informed me that I had ALS and would likely be dead in three or four years (so much for predictions). I vividly remember driving home that day in stop-and-go traffic. I was exhausted after three long days of examinations so Mary was driving and I spent much of that long drive home staring out the window at the other drivers. I imagined that they were thinking about dinner or maybe they were making plans for the weekend ahead. In the midst of horrible news, when it seems that our life will never be the same, the world seems like such a cold and cruel place when you look around and realize that life goes on just as it always has.

Compared to life’s great highs and lows, day-to-day life can seem so trivial. When we experience the extreme highs and lows, we tell ourselves that we’ll never again settle for the trivial life. But our emotional or spiritual highs and lows gradually find their old balance, and we return to a mundane normalcy. I think this is the root cause of much of the addiction and depression we see around us; “life goes on” is difficult for many people to cope with.

What’s the answer?

Even for someone that’s been paralyzed by a horrible disease and can no longer eat or speak, “life goes on” can be a great message if you truly learn to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15)

I try not to focus on the personal and professional “highs” (or the financial gains) that I’ve missed out on over the last 19 years. Instead, I make a conscious effort to focus on the good things in my life, like our beautiful new granddaughter, and to share in the highs and lows of others. Living vicariously through others is not the life that I envisioned, but years ago I concluded that the only alternative was to throw a pity party and make myself and everyone around me miserable. I’ve been to several pity parties, and I didn’t like the company (me, myself and I) or the hangover of guilt.

Life is hard, but it’s much easier if we surround ourselves with people that won’t only rejoice with us in the good times but will also support us in the difficult times. I’m so thankful that Mary and I have family and friends like this.

For my daughter, her husband, their son and their beautiful baby girl, life goes on.

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For the family of our friend that passed away last Friday, life goes on.

But the great news is that the friend we lost was a committed follower of Christ so life goes on for him also.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:27-28)

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain…” (Revelation 21:4)

Life goes on!

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  1. I came across this post again, reread the comments and found mine. You still are our hero. Still ministering, even in an old post, still have a soul like SUPERMAN in my opinion. Oh how I wish I knew how to make these posts into a book for you! Actually for everyone in this world! It is like going to church opening up any of your posts and settling down for a good read.

  2. I wanted to come back to this post, Bill. As we approach Thanksgiving, I wanted to say how grateful I am for your inspiration. May God give you continued strength, and bless your entire family.

  3. I’ve revisited this article several times…and I find myself loving it even greater with every new visit! The part I take back with me each time is: “I make a conscious effort to focus on the good things in my life,” How we begin & end our day truly is our choice, isn’t it? I love that you remind me that it is a conscious effort…I must not let go that although God is at my side supporting, guiding, & guarding it. is. I, who must make that conscious effort. Each. Day. Thank you my friend…

  4. Yes, it does! What great perspective you show here, especially so, as you demonstrate your own faith and tenacity. A lot of wisdom in this post. 🙂

  5. I’m sorry I missed this post when you first published but am quite glad I stopped by today and read it. It was very moving but also absolutely brilliant in its simple yet very profound analysis of life in that it does go on no matter what. You’re ability to rise above very difficult circumstances and communicate so beautifully the lessons learned is so encouraging for us and a strong testament to your faith and of Christ alive inside you. Many blessings to!

  6. You are a man of great faith, Bill. It can be humbling to read some of your posts, but is always deeply edifying. Thank you.

  7. Bill, your life is an agent of change for many, including my own. You are lifted in prayer often. God is so totally using your story to write others. The lives you live through vicariously may not be so vicarious… You’re driving them, you’re in them! Thank you for being part of my story. For inspiring. For being a light and example as my dear friend’s dad was diagnosed with ALS two years ago. Life may go on, but there’s always a sweeter side to be found. Enjoy that precious little girl.

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