I was convinced I was going to die young. I am still young so I hope that is not true physically, but it has already happened spiritually. God knew me before I was born and in the time I pushed aside His love for a worldly life, He taught me to die to myself so I could let Him increase in every way.
All of us have to die to something. It is about letting go and the surrender that takes place when we allow God to have “all of us.” It’s how we’re saved. Sacramentally we receive His grace in Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist when we are younger but we still need to offer ourselves over to Him as we get older. It is the invitation that tells our creator, “I need to be remade because only in you will I ever be perfect.”