Dare 2B Daring August 27, 2018
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“One of my great goals in life is to live long enough to where I am in the pulpit, preaching my heart out, and I die on the spot, my chin hits the pulpit – boom! – and I’m down and out. What a way to die!” – Chuck Swindoll
I have half-kiddingly told people that I want to die like Bing Crosby.
Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby, Jr. had just completed a series of very well-received concerts at London’s Palladium with Rosemary Clooney and his family. While in England, he also recorded his last album “Seasons” and his final Christmas special for TV with David Bowie. Following one last performance at the Brighton Centre on October 10, 1977, Bing taped a radio show and then sent his family back home to California while he traveled to Spain to play golf and hunt partridge.
On October 14th, “the “Old Groaner” played an 18-hole match at the Moraleja Golf Course near Madrid. According to his playing partners, he was in a very good mood that day, even agreeing to serenade some construction workers near the 9th hole who recognized him with an impromptu rendition of “Strangers in the Night”.
A 13-handicapper, Crosby lost the match by a single stroke, but his upbeat mood continued. “That was a great game of golf, fellas”, he said as the foursome walked off the 18th green and headed to the clubhouse. Twenty yards from the entrance, the 74-year old “Der Bingle” collapsed and died instantly from a massive heart attack.
Sounds good to me! Two weeks of sold-out concerts, quality time with my family, and a final round of golf with some friends. Then off to Glory I go!
However, truth be told, I would really prefer to die “in the saddle” like Chuck Swindoll. In other words, while I was in the midst of preaching the gospel to a crowd of prisoners or, more likely, trying to keep up with players 40 years younger than me on a basketball court. Either way, knowing that “absent from the body” means “present with the Lord”, I will be more than content when the time comes to draw my last breath and exchange earth’s oxygen for some heavenly air.
Live how you want to die.
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//“And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not charge them with this sin.’ And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”// Acts 7:59-60 (NKJV)