We Are Not Guaranteed Tomorrow
We are not guaranteed tomorrow.
None of us.
That fact hit home this week when a young, talented singer in a local band was killed in a house fire. He was a very talented young man, with a great future ahead of him. Charming. Well-liked. Respected. Handsome. Kind.
I didn’t even know this young man personally, but felt as though I did through mutual friends and respect and love of his music. I’m still shocked, and heartbroken for those who did know and love him. I ache for those who expected to see him the following day, and who will struggle because they cannot. I hurt for those who will ask,”Why?” and question decisions they made related to the last words they spoke to him, or ways they might have been able to reach him further.
I have no idea whether or not this young man knew the Lord. I pray that he did, but unfortunately, his time on this Earth is gone. But his untimely death reminded me once again of what my call is as a Christian. I am to preach God’s word to all I know! Or as St. Francis of Assisi put it so wisely, “”Preach the gospel at all times — If necessary, use words.”
That means I need to represent Christ to all people. Even those I might struggle with loving. Those who aren’t always kind to me. Maybe even those who don’t like me.
That’s not always easy or comfortable! Doesn’t matter. Still gotta do it!
As we start this New Year, let’s resolve to share God and His kindness with all we meet, and to live out the great commission in ALL that we do!
Matthew 28: 18-20 NIV:
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”