Written by Chad Furlong
Randy Pausch was a professor diagnosed with a killer, Pancreatic Cancer, and was told that he had a few months to live. In July of 2008 he passed away, but months before his death he spoke before his colleagues, family, friends, and students, performing what he titled “The Last Lecture.” In it he talked about walls. He said, “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep you out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
His thoughts about walls spoke to me. Words as this from a man down to a few meaningful days carry a higher authority wouldn’t you say? Walls he says. They are between us and where we want to go. Some of the best things in life we have to earn. It takes determination with steady perserverance to get through walls. I value gutty people with perserverance! I guess that’s the difference between sprinters in the Kingdom of God and long-distance runners. Sprinters are able to start fast, but it’s the long-distance runners that just keep going and find a way. They are faithful.
Our current series is about worship and I found myself lost with fellow “Jesus admirers” in the 7 pm service. The band was singing louder with their hearts than with their voices as I stood with my arms high reaching for God. I would actually grasp him if I could and wrap myself around him if possible- Together, it felt as if we were all a part of something far bigger than our individual efforts. In that moment there seemed to be no wall we could not scale or too big for God’s strong hand.
A wall doesn’t mean the end of our journey, it’s the thing we have to scale, or blow up, or dig under to get to the other side. It may be as simple as the sin in our hearts, or the old self flaring it’s ugly head with lies that we choose to believe. A wall could be an unexpected event that rifles us down, knocking the wind out of our lungs for a few minutes. Walls can be powerfully staggering, but not unscalable. Not inachieveable. Not too much for our God.
Dr. Pausch, died July 25th, 2008.
The point? We never know when this life is over and may we live each day like it’s a gift given to us from God to enjoy and honor him with. To worship him with.
What’s the loud, cocky wall staring down on you? It seems big, I know, but scale it, blow it up, or dig under it! Life is too short, and that wall isn’t permanent if you don’t want it to be. Have the courage to take the first step.
I wish you the best as you journey towards the biggest and craziest dreams possible. When we’re dreaming, we are alive. So, happy wall-hunting, and happy living. Happy worshipping.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NAS)
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.