Brave Max Johnson from Cheshire, England, was just nine years old when he received a heart transplant. Max was on a waiting list for ten, long months before having the lifesaving transplant – his life hanging in the balance. That was over a year ago and since then, Max has been tirelessly campaigning for the law in England to be changed.
Over the past year, Max has been campaigning and writing letters to Prime Minister, Theresa May, requesting that the law is changed to an ‘opt-out’ policy for all organ donations. This would mean that every person would automatically be ‘opted-in’ as an organ donor, unless they made a specific request not to be. This new law, which will be called ‘Max’s Law’ could potentially save around 500 lives per year.
When I was around 16 I filled out my first donor card, put it in my purse and made sure I carried it everywhere with me. I remember feeling pleased that I had a donor card but secretly terrified at the prospect of having to give my body parts away. Silly I know, but I was petrified of death and I had absolutely no assurance of where I would go when I died.
At the time, I had no concept of the earthly body being nothing more than a shell and I lived in complete fear of death and its uncertainty. I had no faith that my spirit would live forever.
Ecclesiastes 12:7 For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
The death of Billy Graham has been widely publicised over the last week and there have been a lot of his quotes and inspirational words shared. There is one quote that I have seen more than the others though and it is this one:
“My home is in heaven, I’m just travelling through this world.”
As followers of Jesus Christ we have a blessed assurance of heaven being our real home and we know that our mortal bodies do not define who we really are.
I praise God that He has released me from the fear of death and has given me a revelation of eternity with Him.
I can confidently say I will not ‘Opt-Out’.
1 Corinthians 15:51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!
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