Just started a new growth group last night, All In by Mark Batterson. The first session is talking about “Packing Your Coffin”.
It’s based on 19th century missionaries who bought one way fares to places on the edge of the world and packed their belongings in their coffins. They knew one way or another they were going to spend the rest of their lives in the place they were headed. Regardless of how long or short those lives were.
For me it brings to mind two things:
What/who are you willing to give your life to or for? Or what/who are you willing to die for?
What would you take with you, if all you could pack was your coffin?
Both of these questions are difficult. Difficult concepts, difficult to really wrap our minds around. Let’s break it down.
Is there anything that you are passionate enough about that you would give up your life here for that? Do you love something or someone so much you would give up your life for them? Have you thought about that before? Nineteenth century missionaries knew they were going to die on the mission field. They knew it when they signed up. That was how it was going to end. One way or the other. Either in route (travel was really dangerous), upon arrival (a.k.a. “You aren’t welcome here.”) or you grow old in relationship with this people group and die an elder among them.
Practically the second question needs parameters. An average coffin is approximately 7 ft long, 3 ft wide and 2 ft tall. This might be a fun family activity. Tape out a 7 ft by 3 ft area on a floor in your home and tell your family only to fill it with the most important things for a long trip. You can stack 2 ft high. What makes the cut? (You don’t have to tell them you are packing a coffin, that would be weird.) What would be most important to us?
If you and your family do this, take a picture of it and send it to me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think it will be interesting to think through the sacrifices we would have to make, just to leave, let alone when we would actually arrive somewhere half way around the world.
Is there anything you are willing to give up your life for?
What makes the cut in your 7 ft by 3 ft by 2 ft box?