Facing Death With The Courage of a Dog

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When the topic of death comes up, a lot of people tend to get uneasy.  We don’t really like to talk about death.  Most of us dread going to funerals and we would rather not have to face the reality of death if we can help it.  Unfortunately, the mortality rate on earth is 100%.  Everyone dies at some point.  We can’t avoid it. 

A couple of weeks ago, someone shared this with me in an email.  Of all the explanations of facing death I have heard, this one really stood out to me because of its simplicity.  It is a great way to explain death and how we should approach it. 

I think that we tend to over think what death really is.  I like to think of death as the beginning of something bigger and better, not the end of something I am currently experiencing.  While none of us will ever know what the death experience is really like until we actually experience it, maybe we should just rest easy knowing that what will be waiting for us will be great and better than anything we have currently experienced.  While I am not in a hurry to die, I do rest easy, without fear, knowing that the best is yet to come and just hope that I am able to run through that door with the same courage as that dog did. 

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, ‘Doctor, I am afraid to die. 
Tell me what lies on the other side..’ 

Very quietly, the doctor said, ‘I don’t know..’ 

‘You don’t know? You’re, a Christian man, 
And don’t know what’s on the other side?’ 

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; 
On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room.  And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. 

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, ‘Did you notice my dog?  He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside.. 

He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. 

I know little of what is on the other side of death, 
But I do know one thing… 

I know my Master is there and that is enough.’ 

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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