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How will you spend eternity?
Usually on my blog, I try to post positive uplifting messages but today something has been heavy on my heart that I have to share.
A high school friend of mine lost her life last week in a tragic car accident and I can’t get it off my mind. This morning around 5:30 a.m I heard fire sirens and I immediately woke up thinking about her. The image of her dismantled car & the news story keeps replaying in my mind. The constant thought that keeps coming to my head is…
did anyone ever share Jesus’s redemptive love with her?
In high school I knew right from wrong but honestly didn’t know the reason behind the right I did, and sure didn't know God. I made great choices, hung out with positive crowds but if anyone would have asked me back then why I did the things I did…I didn’t have an answer. I like to think that even though I didn’t have knowledge of the holy spirit then, it comforts me to know that God was protecting me even when I didn’t know it.
My friend that passed way was a friend that I wanted to be a lot like in highschool. She had freedom, boyfriends, and in my eyes super cool & fun. I even remember trying to replicate how she did her makeup because I thought she was so beautiful. When we were younger she got in a lot of trouble, but I thought the experiences she went through were exhilarating and much more exciting than my routine life. I even tried to hang out with her and her friends on a couple of occasions but found myself feeling out of place and trying too hard to fit in.
After high school I moved to a different city, went to college and saw her a few times in passing when I would come back in town. Although our lives went in separate directions, there is something about childhood friends that it doesn’t matter how much time has passed...when you see them the love is still there.
In high school no one would have ever imagined her life would end at 26. Last week no one would have expected her life to end Friday. As I thank God for her life I got a powerful reminder…that when our life is over, there is no more toiling, there is no more working, there is nothing else that we can do for God.
I am optimistic that she had a relationship with God. But the sad truth is that every minute there are people dying who don’t know the Lord. They either didn’t believe in him or didn’t take him seriously while they were here. God is so patient & loving with us, he desires us all to come to repentance. What we do on earth, in this body, determines our eternity. ETERNITY:“infinite or unending time”. Today we can be grateful that we have another opportunity to give our life to him, confess our sins, repent and start living this thing foreal. No one knows the day, hour or minute that we will leave this earth, but let’s have the confidence that we know where we are going when we do. That when we meet Jesus, he will be pleased with us and be able to look at our life and say…”Well done, my good and faithful servant”.
Let’s live this thing out foreal, and be examples of God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness. You don’t have to have a platform to share this message, start with those who are closest to you…family, friends, co-workers and pray for a way to share Gods loving story in a way that reaches them where they are, never forcing his word or your beliefs on anyone, just simply sharing his love & letting people know there IS a better and more abundant way of living.
Flaws & All,
"Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave,there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom."
2 Peter 3:8-9
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance."