Don’t be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life. (Bertolt Brecht, 20th century German dramatist and poet)

Death is fearful to many people who have no hope for a future life. It’s the unknown that so often distresses us, but Brecht helps us consider where our priorities should be focused. Pursuing lives of integrity that honor God and serve our fellowmen gives us purpose and value in living. Live honorably in the present and put your faith in God for the future.

Perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced [God’s] perfect love. (1 John 4:18)