Dying Empty: The extraordinary story of Myles Munroe
Since the premature death of Dr. Munroe on November 10, 2014, I’ve been writing articles circling around his death. Part of the reason is that I was shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of my virtual mentor. If you’ve a mentor, you know what I am going through. Recently, I came to realize that I’ve talked too much about this tragic accident. This is time now to move on.
The most important thing that, I’ve decided, should preoccupy me and any one who admires Myles Munroe should be his legacy, and how can we learn from this extraordinary leader, and continue his legacy to the next generation leaders. In this regard, I’d like to share with you in this article one of the most important legacies of Myles Munroe. That is, DYING EMPTY.
Myles had finished his race before he dead
When you closely study what he had done prior to that accident, Myles had already finished his race. He lived out his purpose to the full. That is why I’ve been insisting that his death isn’t tragic, though the accident itself was tragic.
For that matter, one of the signature statements of Dr. Munroe, while he was alive, was: “The greatest tragedy in life is not death but life without a purpose — life with the wrong priorities.” Myles knew his purpose, pursued it, made it his top priority, and finally fulfilled his purpose. He said that his purpose in life is to transform followers into leaders, and leaders into change agents.
This noble mission of Dr. Munroe has long been fulfilled. He wrote dozens of best selling books read by millions; travelled and consulted national, corporate, and church leaders around the world; and raised great leaders and change agents in the Bahamas and beyond.
Robbed the grave
Please note that though he has done so many things successfully, the most important single legacy that I want to emphasis here is- he died empty. He released and maximized his potential, raised others, poured out himself like an offering, and finally passed the baton to the next generation. For this extra ordinary accomplishment, my hat off to him!
In short, Dr. Munroe embodies dying empty. A gifted communicator, prolific author, and thought leader, he served selflessly. He served his community, country, and the world at large with his gift. Myles pursued his passion whole-heartedly, emptied himself, and finally ‘robbed the grave’. What a legacy!
What is the most important lesson we should learn from his life and legacy? Living each day with a sense of urgency.
As you can see, life is too short. You and I will FINALLY transition from this world to the next. It will happen; the only question is when? We don’t have control about when our lease expires. There will come a time we must switch our existence from this world into eternity leaving this physical world belted with time and space behind.
But we cannot decide when we are going to transit. Nonetheless, we have control on how we should spend the rest of our life while waiting for that glorious day. The real question is: Have we decided to die empty by maximizing each day we are going to spend on earth? Dr. Munroe lived with a sense of urgency, robbed the grave, and passed away.
Will that be your and my destiny? Or are we going to think that we have ample time to squander? Are we, some how, thinking that we have control when we exit from this world? If so think hard…
The final question is: Do you pledge to die empty today while you’re alive? Do you spend each day in the pursuit of your purpose in life? Do you enter into a sense of urgency and maximize each opportunity you have starting from today?
Another important question is “When you die, will people talk about what you have done to help others”? Following his death, many news media reported his passing. What would happen when you die? A few family members stand together and bury you or the people that you inspired, empowered, and served talk about how they are going to miss you? You decide that today, if you haven’t. If I were you, I choose the latter. Why dying insignificant while you’re the son/daughter of the King.
Here are some comments from people around the world on the death of Myles Munroe:
- Perry Christie, Prime minister of the Bahamas: “It is utterly impossible to measure the magnitude of Dr. Munroe’s loss to the Bahamas and to the world. He was indisputably one of the most globally recognizable religious figures our nation has ever produced.”
- The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem: “Myles Munroe was a key leader of the global evangelical movement with a big heart for Israel. His tragic passing is a loss for Christians and for the Jewish people he loved.”
- Tyler Perry, Movie Director: “No words, just heartbreak. My prayers and thoughts for Dr. Myles Munroe and all aboard that tragic plane crash.”
- Josh Reinstein, Director of Knesset Christian Allies Caucus: “Israel had no better friend. His faith and love of Israel was an inspiration to all of us.”
What I’m saying is that if we don’t learn anything from this man’s life, we should learn the importance of pursuing our purpose and dying empty by entering into a sense of urgency.
Now, this is your turn!
I’m crazily busy. I don’t have enough time to write such articles to just feel good. I write them because I want you to learn from them, and most importantly take action. This article calls you to duty. Don’t be passive, and just read the words on this page. Go beyond that. Don’t allow life to pass you by. You’re wired and destined to make history and leave legacy. This cannot happen without you entering into the sense of urgency.
You’re not sent to this world to only admire and appreciate the stories of others like Myles. You were tasked to identify your unique path (the assignment), pursue it, and finish the race, and get fulfilled. As you might have already heard me saying Leadership is knowing who you’re, the reason of existence, and pursue it until fulfilled. You’ve what it takes within you to fulfill this assignment of yours.
What I’m saying is that this is your and my turn to decide that we are going to, let me borrow Myles’ word, ‘rob the grave’.
It is time to enter this covenant, saying that we will give our best and in the end join Myles Munroe empty.
Let me conclude this article by quoting one of the last words of Dr. Munroe. In his recent interview with Jeff Koinange on Kenya’s KTN JKL Show, Dr. Munroe said, “There is nothing left. I am ready to die. That’s how I want to die because there is nothing else for me left to die. When you die, die like I am planning to die. Empty. It is finished.”