The last few months for me have been busier than most. I’ve sadly had to officiate at more funerals than I would want, and our siblings recently buried our oldest brother; the first one to die among us kids
Through all of this, it’s caused me to do some reflecting in my heart as to what I have done with my life, my time as of late. Life is speeding by at such an alarming rate, that for most of us, death creeps on us ever so slightly.
The last funeral I officiated at was for a husband and wife who recently had sadly died of Covid, just 7 days apart from one another. I personally knew the husband and his family very well. His younger brother and I went to the same schools and were friends all that time. Their family lived just a few minutes from where our family lived.
As I waited for the funeral to begin, I sat on a couch and watched as the people showed up to pay their respects. Many of the people who showed up to pay their respects were from the same neighborhood I grew up in, so I knew many of them. Masks were required at this funeral so many of them didn’t recognize me.
I was saddened to see how bad many of them had aged since the last time I saw them. I also realized I was the same age of many of the people who came to pay their respects and it caused me to think, do I look as bad as some of them looked?
Life can be very hard and demanding at times and because of that, it leaves scars of sadness and sorrow on our faces and wear and tear on our bodies that are very visible to others.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (emphasis added)
As I left the funeral service that day, I was faced with the real truth that I am much closer now to the end of my days than I was 10 years ago
I try to take care of my body physically and my wife feeds our family good healthy meals, but in the end, one day, no matter how good I may try, I will die and what I leave behind will be how I am remembered.
Solomon goes on to write; “There is a time to be born and a time to die.” Throughout my life I have sadly missed so many opportunities to share the Lord with others. I have also sadly missed many opportunities to be kind and merciful to people and so much more
The time to die for us could be just around the corner and though we don’t know when that time will come, are we taking advantage today to be a good witness for the Lord.
Are we taking the time to be kind and loving to those we love and especially to those we struggle loving? Are we taking the time to show mercy and grace to others, even though we may feel they haven’t earned that from us?
A time for everything my friend! Are you use your time for good so the Lord may be glorified through you?? Know it’s never too late to start!
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