Morrie Schwartz’s Tuesday Teachings

My sister Sheronda recommended author Mitch Albom’s book Tuesdays with Morrie.  In this precious work, Morrie Schwartz is an extremely lovable college professor in his late sixties who learns that he is dying. The story of his last few weeks on earth is told by Mitch, one of Morrie’s former students, who runs into him during his final days. Below are just three of the many takeaways I gleaned from this book.

Our Values Will Decide Our Vision

In the chapter titled “Taking Attendance,” Morrie discusses the importance of pursuing a meaningful vision and life.

Pursuing God’s vision for our lives will always give us meaning, purpose, significance, and legacy.

Learning How to Die Helps Us Live

In another chapter, Morrie and Mitch discuss death. Morrie once thought he would be a healthy old man, not an old man dying from ALS. He confirms that we usually do not believe we will die, so we often live on autopilot. Yet,

Realizing that we must all one day stand before God and account for our time on earth, and realizing that how we live on earth will determine how we live in eternity, will prompt us to wholeheartedly pursue His vision for us.

Without Love, We Have Nothing

Morrie told Mitch that one of his many visitors asked him if he worried about being forgotten after he died. He said he did not think he would because of the many people he was involved with in close, intimate ways. He quoted poet W.H. Auden: “Love each other or perish.”

Love is the most powerful force in the world. It is stronger than death, and it makes our vision worth accomplishing.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a gem of a book that stays with readers long after the last page. It is required reading in high schools and colleges across the country…and for those who want to lead the full, abundant lives that God intended for us all.