Donation versus Duration

God wants to use you to make a difference in his world.  He wants to work through you.  What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it.  Not how long you lived, but how you lived.  –The Purpose Driven Life

I have a calendar with quotes from the book, The Purpose Driven Life.  The quote above was the daily thought for September 12th.  I found it fitting as this was the anniversary date of Shawn’s funeral and the same date this year that Lino Lakes dedicated a memorial to Shawn with the inscription, “Don’t wait for tomorrow.  Be Here Now.”

I can honestly say Shawn donated much of his life to the service of others.  I am proud that his life focused more on giving than on taking.  I am humbled that his life mirrored the ideas of donation versus duration.  And I am inspired that it wasn’t how long he lived, but how he lived that people are remembering. 

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