What Would You Do If You Had 16 Days to Live?
September 19, 2021

On March 6 she told us she had metastatic breast cancer.  16 days later, she was in Heaven.  In 16 days she received hundreds of prayers.  Despite them, we still said goodbye.  

For God’s glory….what does that even mean? I know that God is good. I know that love endures all things.  I know the feeling when grace envelops you like a soft blanket that you’ve yearned for all the days of your life. But in these moments I realize the world deserves more. Cancer research deserves more. Early detection deserves more.  My only reassurance is that she let go of everything that held her, hurt her or hindered her.  At that moment, she was weightless. Totally free. Renewed with those she lost. She can hold her precious daughter in her loving arms again. 

The question to ask ourselves is this:  

If you had 16 days to live, what would you do? 

Who could you forgive? 

What could you create?  

Who could you serve, help, or offer support to?  

Life is short.  We all say that, but we often forget.  We consider all the things that we dream of doing and then put them off for a better time.  

We say: 

“When I’m stronger, I’ll do it.”

“When I’m smarter, I’ll do it.”

We think we need more money, better health or a smaller waist line, to make a difference.   Alas, that is not so.    

You are uniquely designed and positionally aligned to serve in a specific way – Today.  Not tomorrow or next week, but today.   

Yes, there is a time of preparation.  Yes, there is growing and healing and surrendering that we all must experience.  But today is the only one of its kind. 

There will only be one TODAY, and then it is gone forever.    

So, today, ask yourself, “If I only had 16 days to live, what would I do?”  When you find the answer, do that one thing or start to make provisions for it!  

To my friend who left this world too soon, all my love to you.  May God keep you in His loving arms for eternity. May all who love you feel the warmth of His love shine upon their face.  

All my love,


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV