If you’ve been around here for the last weeks, then you’ll notice I’ve been posting about a book called A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes. I’ve been part of this amazing launch team for a couple of weeks and that’s why my first post was a guest post by the author and then my review for the book.
Now it’s my turn to write my entry for Nadine’s blog hop. This is the first time I’m part of a blog hop but I couldn’t resist to write about such a thoughtful and hypothetical question: How would you live with one year left?
If I Had One Year Left to Live I’d tell my family and close friends about my future death. Not sure how this would make them feel, but I believe it’d be the right thing. An even I’d win some curious followers, I definitely wouldn’t share my announcement through facebook or twitter. An about to die selfie? No thanks.
Three years ago I started to lead the internship program at my church. Every year I’m in charge of up to ten young people (between 18 & 25 years old). During ten months we enjoy God in prayer and worship, the interns practice and learn at the different departments and ministries at our church, also they go out in a mission trip in our country to share and manifest God’s presence.
It may sound really strange but one of the first things I would do is to quit my church job. Nothing against it, actually the reason would be still to be close to young people, but maybe with only two or three that would be willing to learn with me in my last year. This would be a more intimate kind of discipleship and also would give me ‘enough’ time to do other activities.
Unlike some of the blog hop participants, I’d start writing my first book. This is something I’ve been feeling I must do at some point in my life and if this is my last year then I couldn’t waste more time. I’d do what I can to see it published.
Of course my family would be a priority, and I’d spend a significant time with them. My mom and my sister are the closest family I got so It’d be easier to travel with them. Spain, England, France and Italy would be in our list.
Perhaps I’d use a month to visit the rest of my family, those who live in Mexico and other countries. I’d say good bye to each one of them, take a picture to make a ‘last year album’ and give a letter to each one of them, with a personal message. This would give me a chance to travel around my country one last time.
For my last day I’d throw a party with my family and closest friends. They’d know that even tough I’m about to die, I’m gonna go to a better place into eternity with God. I’d have Family Force 5 and Hillsong United giving a concert (hey, at least I’d try).
Finally, in my last minutes, I would go to bed and pray before I sleep one last time.
About A Time To Die:
Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system.
But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out.
This is the first book in the Out of Time Series. Releases September 23rd from Enclave Publishing. Get your ebook copy on Amazon.
If you want to win a signed copy of A Time To Die and an Amazon gift card, enter the blog hop give away!
The blog hop started this month, here’s the list of the people participating, go and check the ones before me to read their entries:
9.03.14 – Nadine Brandes
9.08.14 – Ashlee Willis
9.11.14 – Caitlin Schesser
9.15.14 – Jennette Mbewe
9.17.14 – Heather Fitzgerald
9.19.14 – Kristen Stieffel
9.22.14 – Rebekah Gyger
9.25.14 – Lydia Thomas
9.26.14 – Ashley Olson
9.27.14 – Angel Roman
9.28.14 – Rosalie Valentine
9.29.14 – Aubrei Crooke-Adams
9.30.14 – Sarah Grimm
10.01.14 – Jon Del Arroz
10.02.14 – Amy Brandes
10.04.14 – Kathrese McKee
10.07.14 – Karen DeBlieck
10.09.14 – Bethany Jennings
10.10.14 – Angie Brashear
10.13.14 – Adam Collings
10.15.14 – Bree Courtney
10.20.14 – Gretchen Engel
10.24.14 – JC Morrows
10.30.14 – Lisa Gedfries