This weekend I stumbled on a short interview with the author of a very personal memoir. Kate Bowler is a Duke University professor who happens to be a Christian and who recently wrote a book entitled Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved. She is a follower of Jesus, as well a professor, wife, mom, and woman facing an incurable cancer diagnosis. Time magazine did a recent interview with her to discuss her latest book and the realities of facing a cancer diagnosis. In the middle of the interview Kate made this marvelous observation.
“When the world shuts down, then you realize, these are my plot points. This is my one job, this is the one man I love, this is my one kid. Infinite possibilities can be exciting, but sometimes even more beautiful is doubling down on the life you have.”
I love that insight! Our culture’s increasing struggle with FOMO (fear of missing out) brings with it the eager pursuit of the next newest, coolest, funnest possibility to experience. Oh, and when you add that we’re all being constantly told that anyone can do anything and everyone’s dreams really can come true – then you end up with a bunch of people overlooking the life they actually have. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to live like that. Kate is absolutely right, it is an even more beautiful thing to double down on the life I have right now with this wife, these kids, this home, this church in this city at this time.