Die Empty

Die Empty

“The wealthiest places in the world are not gold mines, oil fields, diamond mines or banks. The wealthiest place is the cemetery. There lies companies that were never started, masterpieces that were never painted… In the cemetery there is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential. There is a treasure within you that must come out. Don’t go to the grave with your treasure still within YOU.” Myles Munroe

I love this quote from Dr. Myles Munroe because it reminds me that within each of us are gifts that God has given us, with the expectation that we would use them to fulfil our potential in Christ. That we would use what he has given us, not just to fulfil our desires but to exemplify his nature to the world and in so doing allow others to become a part of his fold.

Many of us, for whatever reason never act upon these dreams and eventually die with them. The story is told of a guy that had an idea to start a luxury bus company. He never took action on the idea and not long after, someone else apparently had the same idea and executed it and it is now a successful company. When we go to the grave, all the ideas, plans and dreams that we conceived of should have been given a fair chance to see if they could be have been meaningful.

Paul expresses this idea of dying empty when he says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finish the race, I have kept the faith” (2Tim 4:7). He gave what he came to this earth to deliver. He gave all that he thought he could and this is how we should strive to live. Each day, give of our best in all that we do to receive the crown of glory at the end.

Todd Henry, in his book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Everyday, puts forth the same idea “The most valuable land in the world is the graveyard. In the graveyard are buried all of the unwritten novels, never-launched businesses, unreconciled relationships, and all of the other things that people thought, ‘I’ll get around to that tomorrow.’ One day, however, their tomorrows ran out.”

Many people are inspired with great ideas that they never explored for different reasons and end up regretful that they never took a chance to see if any of it was achievable. They never believed in themselves enough and more importantly they never relied on the power of God to help them.

Recognize that we will not live forever and determine how we want to be remembered when we leave this earth. We remember that we are but a breath and our days are like fleeting shadows (Psalms 144:4). We seek not to dwell in a wasteful existence but ensure that our days count for something. In whatever we do we give our best, to the glory and honor of God.

Let us throw of restraints and not be hindered by fears or doubts or the unknown. Everyone experiences uncertainty but we have to get pass it eventually and the sooner the better. We do not want to have a someday mentality, some day we will write that book, some day we will go back to school, some day we will start that business, someday we will start that project that God has placed in our hearts.

Trust God and open your heart to all the opportunities to ‘die empty’.



About Latoya Saddler

I am passionate about inspiring others to explore their God given potential and use their gifts and talents to honor God. Blogging from the beautiful island of Jamaica. I can be found blogging at Powerful U Blog and on twitter.


  1. Great post. Great advice. We risk-averse people need to keep being reminded of this.

  2. Absolutely! We all do.


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