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I Was Thinking About Mortality Today…

December 13, 2017

I was thinking about mortality today. Not morbidity. Just mortality.

I am 55. Seems shocking just to read. It’s really a pretty good age. Oldish but not old. Balding but not bald. Slowing but not slowed. That kind of stuff.

My best friend from high school died this year. No warning. Just working out and died. His name was Steve. He was such a cool guy. Now he is gone. I meant to get together with him over the years. Even sent a couple of “we need to get together” messages. But we didn’t. Now we can’t and I regret it. Mortality.

And then my friend Dan had a heart attack. We played a few hundred softball games together anchoring the infield. He was playing basketball. I was supposed to be there as well. Went to BDubs instead. Terrible. He is going to be fine. He has us all at full attention. I played basketball last week. Have felt like I was in a car wreck ever since. Clearly I need to make some changes. Mortality.

I have been thinking about how I want to live differently this week and I have come up with six things:

Keep moving

Be intentional

Be guided by best intentions

Don’t take anything for granted

Do (as opposed to intend to do)


This year friends from my DuQuoin days can expect to hear from me a lot more. So can my old softball buddies. I may even come out of retirement and play once a week or so. Friends from other seasons of my life can expect this as well. I plan to do all those things I will regret if I don’t do and I need to crack at it. None of us are getting any younger.  Before long I will be old, bald and slow.

I was thinking about mortality today. Not morbidity. Just mortality.

-Rev. Shane L. Bishop is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois and the author of the blog “12 Things I See Happy People Do” and the new book “Love God. Love People. Don’t Do Dumb Crap.” Now available on Amazon and Kindle.

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