He died empty…Tribute to Dr. Myles Munroe
While life longevity is desirable for those of us who are privileged in the society, death, unfortunately, hardly confirms its appointment date with us. Had that been the case, we would do what we value the most and reach out to those whom we love the most in pursuit of a lasting legacy even if it calls for seeking forgiveness when we were literally wronged.
That is why in the days he lived, Dr. Myles Munroe urged us to die empty. One of his most famous arguments is that the richest place in the world is not the gold mines of South Africa….nor the copper belt of Zambia…nor the oil mines of Saudi Arabia…nor the uranium belt of Russia…rather, the richest place in the world is the graveyard. For in the graveyard, Myles argued, are books that were never written…songs that were never sang…business empires that were never opened…degrees that were never acquired…greatness that was never discovered. In other words, far too many people rested without maximizing their potential.
That is why the best tribute to the life and times of Dr. Myles Munroe is for each one of us to make today our master piece. To make each day our prototype from which we set the pace for future days. To make the most of each day we live since we cannot turn back the hands of time and tomorrow is a mystery. The only day we are certain to make a difference is today. So much that, like Dr Myles Munroe, we will rest without any potential residing within us. And, after all, we know not the hour the Master will come calling.
Just 100 years ago and our mothers who delivered through CS went through excruciating pains screaming aloud as the merciless surgeon’s knife cut through until William Morton Stewart relieved the world of this untold pain by discovering anaesthesia. We watched world cup from the comfort of our houses and restaurants because Baird gave us the TV. You are driving courtesy of Henry Ford who never reached upper primary school. Letters were dropped by errands until Abraham Graham Bell gave us the telephone. You are reading this post because Hans Heinschwagger unleashed the power of the internet which in turn has revolutionized literally every sector of the economy. Through the discovery of electric dynamo, Michael Farady powered the world and an entrepreneur, Thomas Edison lit up a dark world through his light bulbs….Jonas Salk freed us from Polio… with no training in aeronautical engineering, the Wright brothers helped us to fly across the seas….and the list goes on.
The real question is: Shall the world be a better place because you lived? Will you make any meaningful contribution through your life? Or, did you come on earth un-noticed, live un-noticed and you exit un-noticed…we only see you in the press for the first time in the obituary? Or, shall you chose to maximize the day called today and die empty? By making today a master piece. Myles will be quoted for years to come, perhaps even for decades to come. Shall you be remembered one month after your departure? Shall you die empty or will you leave loaded with all your dreams trapped within you?
Dr. Kinyanjui Nganga, PhD
Author, Motivational Speaker and Corporate Trainer