What would you die for?


A family member was recently overheard saying there was nothing or no one in this world he would die for.  I found this proclamation disturbing.  The man’s a father, a husband.  Is his family not worth dying for?  Is his home, his morals, his way of life, his principles not worth dying for?

I cannot comprehend such a thought.  I would fight, lie and die to protect those I love, no questions asked. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do, especially for my kids and grand-daughter, including giving my life, if it meant they had a chance at a better one.  That’s how much I love them.

Unconditional, heart-wrenching love is the substance of all the great romances.  We saw it in Romeo and Juliette; Jim and Della in “The Gift of the Magi”, Heathcliff and Catherine in  “Wuthering Heights”.  Undying love.  Ultimate sacrifices.  If you are a romantic like me, you know it’s what drives us, binds us to something beyond ourselves.  The passion, the gut-churning pain of true love.  The type of love that makes your heart feel like it’s going to pop because you just can’t hold anymore inside.  The insatiable need, the desire to be with another, to be a part of another, to love with such conviction your soul feels as if it will explode, and the only thing keeping it from doing so is your own skin.  The sort of love that brings you to your knees. The sort of love that leaves pools of tears on your very being.  We all long for it.  We all desire to feel it just once in our lives.  And when we do, we cling to it, protect it.  Shelter it.  Die for it.

My heart grieves for those who feel there is no one or nothing to die for.  I even give my characters someone or something to believe in so much that they would die for it.  How very sad to go through life an empty shell, to never know what it truly means to love someone or something so strongly, it changes your entire life forever.

What about you?  Is there anything you love so much you would die for?

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13 thoughts on “What would you die for?

  1. I think it would really depend on the circumstances. It might be an instinctual thing that happens in the moment. I think I might surprise myself with what I am willing to die for when my life is truly on the line. 🙂

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  2. I would like to say I would sacrifice my life for anyone, but I don’t know if I really would when the moment came. Without hesitation, I know I would sacrifice my life for my husband, sons, sister, mother, nephews and nieces and a handful of friends who seem more like family.
    Besides Jesus and my hubby, I wonder who would voluntarily die for me?

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  3. I think it is a sad and empty life indeed when one can not think of a single person or commitment they wouldn’t gladly perish for. Not that I can count past my own right hand, but there are certainly a few I would lay down my life for in a heart flash. Beyond that, my faith; I feel blessed to be able to praise publicly, to declare Jesus my Lord and Savior, and I would hope that if the time ever came when nefarious leaders forced a one world religion on me, I would boldly declare that I serve no one but Jesus. And if my death was the price, what better way to be ushered into the Kingdom of Heaven, with the Father’s words on my lips.

    P.S. LOVE this song. 😉

    ~ Cara

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  4. I would die for my cats, Jenny. I love them so much and since I don’t have children, they are my children. I think this man has issues that go deep so I would say have compassion and understanding for him.

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