Charles Krauthammer released a short statement this week, announcing that his cancer had returned, and it was aggressive.
“My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live,” he wrote. “This is the final verdict. My fight is over … I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life — full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
What a beautiful last sentiment.
If you learned you only had a few weeks to live, what would you tell those around you? Could you describe your life as one that is full and complete with the great loves and endeavors that make it worth living? Have you lived the way you intended?
I think about finishing well. I even wrote a devotional book by that title. Finishing well doesn’t simply happen by chance after receiving a diagnosis like the one Krauthammer has received. Instead, it happens intentionally and incrementally as we live with the end in mind.