As Long As I Have Breath
Even in old age they will still produce fruit (Psalm 92:14, NLT).
As I write this, I am confined to my bed and am on supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day.
In October 2002, I celebrated my 81st birthday. Approximately three years ago, I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive lung disease. The doctors told me there is no known cure for this condition. I was told that the average remaining life of someone with pulmonary fibrosis is three years and at the most five years.
That time has almost expired. Many people, aware of my physical condition, thought I would be gone from this world long before now. It reminds me of Mark Twain, who, after reading his obituary in a newspaper, laughed off the erroneous report stating, “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”
In fact, the past two years have been among the most productive of my life, as I have been able to keep a vigorous schedule of writing, editing, producing teaching videos, some traveling and speaking, and even the co-founding of the Global Pastors Network, a strategy to help start 5 million house churches worldwide.
Of course, if the Lord tarries, my day to enter glory will eventually come. What a wonderful day that will be! But it is a win-win situation for me. If I go, I will be with my wonderful Lord whom I have served for almost 60 years. If I stay, I will be able to joyously serve Him even more than I have in the past.
I am reminded of Psalm 150:6, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” (NIV). As long as I am here, as long as I have breath, I will praise and serve the Lord.
That is also God’s will for your life. If you trust in Him, it can also be a win-win situation for you. As long as you have breath, God’s Word commands you to praise Him, and He also has something for you to do.
There are many possibilities. Perhaps you can be a prayer intercessor. There is not a more important job in the body of Christ than that of an intercessor.
You can be a prayer intercessor while confined to a bed or a wheelchair. You can pray literally anywhere. If you do not have the strength to pray aloud, you can whisper. If you cannot whisper, you can move your lips. If you cannot move your lips, then pray silently, in your mind. God knows and reads your heart.
Your humble prayers can actually help change your world!
Are you still breathing? Then be encouraged, and get busy!
(For my free booklet on prayer intercession, “As Long As I Have Breath,” write to “As Long As I Have Breath ? offer,” Mail Code 2100, 100 Lake Hart Drive, Orlando, Florida 32832. Include name and address.)
Yours for helping to fulfill the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
About the Author
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world’s population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, “JESUS,” which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Dr. Bright recently co-founded Global Pastors Network to “Touch, Teach and Train” a group of 5 million new house churches around the world 24/7/365 at http://www.globalpastorsnetwork.org.
Copyright (c) 2003, Bill Bright. All rights reserved. Used with permission