When I went to bed last night, I didn’t think about the possibility of not waking up, but when you get to be my age, the odds of that happening become more likely. When we’re children we pray, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” I don’t believe we realize the meaning of that request when we’re young. Youth makes us feel invincible – that we’ll live forever. Death isn’t really in our vocabulary.
Each day that we’re allowed to breathe and take up space on this planet is another gift from God. He gives us this opportunity so we can enjoy His wonderful creation, learn more about Him, appreciate His blessings, grow in our walk with Him and share His gift of eternal life with others.
If I believed that there was nothing after this life, I would have no hope. The average human being in the United States lives to between 77-81 years. That’s really not a long time when you think about it – especially when you’re approaching 75. I guess in the latter years of life we really have to get down to business.
Maybe that’s why I feel it’s so important for me to share the good news of God’s redeeming grace with those who don’t yet know about it. There is no doubt in my mind that this world is in need of saving. Sin abounds. True religion has been compromised. The world offers a variety of what or who to worship, from money to sex to lasciviousness to greed to Satan – even to the physical church itself, which has in some cases become corrupt.
There is only one God and He offers us the best benefit package we could ever hope for. It requires nothing from us other than our belief in Him and all that He tells us in His Holy Word.
Thank you, Lord, for another day. Allow me to use it to serve you in some way. Awaken the light in those who have strayed from you and burn brightly in those who still don’t know you. Amen!