Posted by: TLC Fellowship | February 24, 2013

Because Tomorrow Isn’t Promised…

By Marsha Gordon, Member of TLC Fellowship

11-13 Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness. 14-16 So, my dear friends, since this is what you have to look forward to, do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace. Interpret our Master’s patient restraint for what it is: salvation. Our good brother Paul, who was given much wisdom in these matters, refers to this in all his letters, and has written you essentially the same thing. Some things Paul writes are difficult to understand. Irresponsible people who don’t know what they are talking about twist them every which way. They do it to the rest of the Scriptures, too, destroying themselves as they do it. ~ 2 Peter 3:11-16, The Message (MSG)

We often speak of how important it is to cherish the moments we’re in, or live life as if each day is our last because we never know when that time may come.  We say it…but more often than not, we don’t take it to heart—until something jolts us into the reality that death is real and life is uncertain.

Today, it became shockingly real again with the sudden death of a friend—Sonya.  I knew Sonya for a little less than a year. In that short time, she epitomized the life of a Christian and led by example.  She had a sweet spirit, loved the Lord and shared her faith at the drop of a hat! I love how she didn’t allow herself to get bogged down in the negative minutia that all to frequently crawls into our lives.  She had an amazing ability to focus on “the main thing” and make sure that it was always “the main thing!”  She will be missed by so many—those who knew her 20, 30, and 40-plus years, and those, like me, who had the pleasure of knowing and loving her a shorter time.

One thing Sonya’s passing has done is remind me to reassess life on a daily basis. Am I doing all I can to be the witness I need to be for Christ? Am I focusing on “the main thing?” Am I stepping over the pettiness along the path? Am I preparing to meet my maker? A recent bible study lesson reminded us to live each day faithfully, rather than “spiritually coasting” through life. We need that intimate relationship with Christ that makes us yearn for Him daily.

As our love for Christ is played out in our lives, we need to share with those around us how much they mean to us.  Have we said—“I love you”—and meant it? Have we helped make someone’s life better—because we genuinely wanted to? I’m grateful for having known Sonya—and for the things that her passing have reminded me. I’m grateful for my relationship with Christ and for His love for me. I’m simply grateful!!

 Prayer: Dear God—you are always as close as our desire for you. Thank you for friends who have helped to shape our lives and been examples of your love. May we strive to develop and maintain the intimate relationship we need to be all you’ve called us to be. In the name of the risen Christ. Amen.

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