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From the Desk of Mike Mbugua
Subject: It Saddens me when a Young Man Dies.
I am now in my mid-twenties, and since, I learnt death exists, I have had to bear the pain of losing colleagues: one or two close friends, two or three classmates, a few course mates, several college mates and many more. People who were of my age; some a little younger; others a little older. Some looked up to me as their role model; some I admired and wanted to live their life. Young people who were not only ambitious, but visionary; big time dreamers, industrious and focused.
Passionate individuals. Passionate for life. Full of life. Lively persons. Individuals, you would meet when demoralized, but by simply spending time around them, you would leave fired to live life. Some zealous for God; some a little confused. All with a bright future, and deserving to live a little longer. Deserving a second chance.
People say life begins at forty, which is partly true, but methinks, life has two phases: from conception to age forty, then from age forty to sunset years- 70years at least. In my opinion (and this is my personal theory); one ought to seek to fulfill his purpose before age 40 so that he can spend the remaining years providing mentorship to the young. However, because of the confusion and chaos in the world people rarely discover their purpose early. So to some, it waits until age 40. Though there are still those who live a hundred years confused and derailed from their purpose. Therefore, age 40 being the onset of the second life; it is the chance to pick up the pieces and make a life that was rather not lived satisfactorily. As such, it saddens me when a young person dies before he has had a second chance to life.
And this brings me to a myriad of questions: What or who is death? Who controls death? What determines when and how a person would die? Who influences that choice? Is it exclusively the right of death to determine when to pick someone? Or do we have a choice? Can we influence a date with death? For many of us who believe in a supreme being. The maker of life. Do we have a choice? Or rather, does He, the supreme being, have influence on death? And how much influence does He have? Is it His exclusive right to determine our date with death? Or what is his amount of influence? Does God have control over death? Does death of human beings catch God by surprise? Well. If He, God determines when death can take us or not, what yard stick does He use to determine who dies next? Can we influence His choice? Especially in regard to a young man or woman? And finally, do we have the right to ask these questions? Or are we just helpless beings with no control over our fate?
I would have stopped there, but…
On the assumption that God has exclusive right to one’s date with death; shouldn’t we petition Him to spare young people? Shouldn’t we enter into a covenant with God over this matter?
Can some of us enter into a covenant on behalf of the entire generation? Is it possible to petition God that no man or woman should die below 50?
I understand our bodies are frail. Some frail than others. For some to live up to 70years it can be unnecessarily painful and troublesome. But 50years is fair so that no man or woman dies before he has had a second chance to life.
For now, let’s lead a godly and fulfilling life in anticipation of a glorious and unregretful end, and these words should not depart our lips: “That we shall not die, but would live to proclaim the goodness of Yahweh.” AMEN.
Written by Mike Mbugua (KU).