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Joined: July 2003
||Posted: Feb. 16, 2013, 11:21 pm
Thoughts on tomorrow, or the lack of the gurantee of
Had a death of a close family member, which has brought to life the importance of each day you have. We only have so many, and you never know when yours, or the ones of someone you love will run out. I have worked the funerals of two young men, one 17, one 21. Both started their January's with normal llives, both were dead before the year was over. In this most recent incident he was only in his early 50's. Lives ended too soon. It is at this moment that I remember a few simple rules that someone shared with me once.
First, whenever possible never leave someone with a foul word or attitude. No matter how hard it may be, do your best to say goodbye with a smile on your face. That may very well be the last moment you have with someone.
Second, treasure life. Take care of yourself. Seriously. Is that last puff on that cigarette, that last drink of alchohol, or last 900 calorie cheeseburger worth it. Take a walk, watch your diet, and do your best to improve your quality of life so that others may have more of it to spend with you.
Third, make your heart right. This is where I delve into the spiritual stuff. If this makes you uncomfortable reading, well see the first post in this thread. Look, barring the second coming we are all going to die. Ugly truth, don't believe it, visit your local cemetary. So, that established, what is going to happen to you on that day when your number is called?
Some will say "well that's just it". Dust to dust, ain't no more. Others will say "we all get to go to that grand reunion in the sky". I've even heard the "well, I believe we all come back as this person or animal". (Great, your aim in life is to possibly spend eternity as a cockroach. No I don't think so.)
My personal theological belief is that there is a Heaven, but conversly there is also a Hell. Does God want us in Hell? The answer is absolutely not. It is just a byproduct of sin. Thanks to Adam and Eve sin exists in this world, it's been passed down, and face it you and I both have sinned. And in God's eyes a sin is a sin is a sin is a sin. It is what it is. But He provided a way to avoid Hell, and it is simply a belief in Jesus' ability to save. For details get to a bible believing church, and seek sound spiritual counsel to make sure you are right with God. Only takes a little bit of time and it is sound security for the future.
As they say, if you're wrong about eternity there's Hell to pay.
Fourth, love who you are with. Don't let a day go by without saying "I love you" to the ones you care deepest about. If the teenager says it's "not cool" in front of others, well do it anyways. They'll get over it. Never assume someone knows it, they need to hear it.
Finally, remember that that life of yours is precious, and given to you by God. It's not yours. Others depend on it. You might not know it, you might not think it, but they do. And no matter how bad things may look, how hard they may be, they can get worse. Yes, they can. And they will if you drag someone else down with you by leaving this planet prematurely. You life has value, you are worth something, and never, never, NEVER, let anyone tell you different. If it creeps into your head otherwise, talk to someone, Pastoral, counselor, anyone. But know that the one who made you loves you even when it seems that no one else does.
Enjoy tomorrow morning, regardless of whether it is raining, cold, windy, dreary, or bright and sunshine full. God gave you another day, it's a gift.
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