ENJOY LIFE, PREPARE FOR DEATH
No one knows what is coming— who can tell someone else what will happen after them? —Ecclesiastes 10:14
However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. —Ecclesiastes 11:8
When death comes near to a friend, relative or even someone we do not know but hear of the situation— it is sorrowful. Before I was a follower of Jesus and did not have an understanding of the big questions of life— Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going? What is death like? Is there really a heaven? Is there really a hell?— my grandfather, my mother’s dad, died. This shook me. My last remembrance of him was when I visited him in the hospital. That picture still remains in my mind as does the last moments of my dad, my mom, my father-in-law and so many others.
We do not know what today will bring or tomorrow or the day after that. One thing we need to be aware of is the brevity of life no matter how long or short our life is on this planet may be— “Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is” (Psalm 39:4).
I have spoken at many funerals and have said as I motioned to the deceased, “We will all be in this situation one day. Prepare for it now by trusting the Lord Jesus Christ!” That day will come sooner than we think and will be upon us before we know it. Life is a shadow, a midst, a moment and we need to use the time wisely, enjoy the life God has given to us with the relationships He has gifted us with.
It grieves my heart when I talk to people about the life-giver— Jesus— and they do not want anything to do with Him. Death is coming ever so closer and they are not ready. Many people do not want to talk about death. I remember after my grandfather died that I wrote about death quite a bit in my English Composition class. To the point where my teacher said I should write about something else. But I did not want to write about something else. I was looking for answers and that teacher apparently did not have any for me except not to think about death or write about it.
I am so grateful. My heart overflows with joy that God would reveal to me Who His Son is and what He has done, is doing and will do for me. Now may my light shine to honor Him right to the last flicker… whenever that day may come. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiRhcR4Vg10
Dear Father, I am grateful to know that You know the future that I do not know but that I can trust You fully for what I do not now know. As has been said, “You know the future better than I know the past.” May I live to honor You today and the rest of this life You have given me. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!