A long time friend of mine passed away early this morning from heart failure. He went in to be checked for what he thought was gall bladder issues, turned out he had already suffered a heart attack. Last night he posted on Facebook that the docs were going to run more tests in the morning to see what was going on. His heart did not last through the night.
My friend was well known in the area in which he lived, as he was a radio personality. He and I started in radio at about the same time, way back in the day.
His sudden and completely unexpected passing reminds me of the words of wisdom James shares in the fourth chapter of his letter: 13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.
Our life on this planet is but a morning fog – here a little while, then it’s gone.
Our life on this planet is but a morning fog – here a little while, then it’s gone. I got that jolt of a reminder as I looked at Facebook this morning. I also cannot help but remember that the only thing that will matter 100 years from now is your relationship with Christ. If you want to leave a lasting legacy, make sure that those you love having a loving relationship with Christ as well.
Prayer is the foundation upon which everything we do can take place.
Immerse yourself in prayer. Prayer is the foundation upon which everything we do can take place. Without that foundation, everything else is simply human effort and destined to fail. Paul tells the Colossians Christians in the 1st chapter of his letter to them: 9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. Pray that for others, and get others to pray that for you! My desire is to have complete knowledge of God’s will, and to have spiritual wisdom and understanding. I want my life to produce every good fruit as I learn to know God better and better. Don’t you?
Model that love for them to follow (1 Cor. 11:1). Living a lifestyle of love for Christ and love for others is the BEST way to bring others to that way of thinking and living. Being consistent in that loving lifestyle is the key. No, you will not be perfect, but you need to show that you are trying your very best each day. You can be real with people, letting them see your flaws and your struggles, while at the same time letting them see your sincere desire to follow Christ.
Focus. Paul’s advice to the Galatian church rings in my ears daily: Galatians 6:14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. It is so easy to lose focus. Satan loves nothing more than to distract followers of Christ, because that is the first step in his battle to distract, deceive, and destroy. We cannot afford to have spiritual ADHD. I cannot allow the worries of this world distract me from my focus on the Kingdom of Christ. That focus absolutely includes loving people who are in the Kingdom AND loving people who are not in the Kingdom. May my focus always lead with love, and may I always be a dispenser of grace.
Time is short! We are not promised our next breath. Life is like a morning fog – here a little while, then it’s gone. Redeem the time God gives you, and pray that I will do the same.