June 15, 2011

Life and Death

My cousin was murdered on June 2.  I preached his funeral last week.  Naturally, I've had alot of thoughts and emotions over the last couple of weeks. The main thing that's been resonating with me is the importance of appreciating life and focusing on the things that are really important. 

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Ecclesiastes 7:2 says, "It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart."

Part of the reason that life seems short is because we don't spend enough time coming to grips with the fact that it will end one day.  We all know that we will die one day, but we usually go about living our lives without considering that fact.

There is wisdom in ordering your life with the end in mind.  Not in a morbid way, but in a way that helps you to better value the experiences of each day.

“Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping.  I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ancestors were."- Psalm 39:12

This Scripture reminds us that the Earth is ultimately not our home.  We're just passing through.  We're going to spend more time in eternity than we will here.  That fact should cause us to reevaluate the way we live our lives here.

The things that stress us out or frustrate us are rarely things that concern eternity.  Why focus on things that ultimately won't matter?

The best way to honor someone's life is by the way we live our lives.  Understanding that our life here is temporary and that eternity awaits us, helps us to structure our lives accordingly.
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