Yesterday was one of those days....
The days that have the moments that contain the reasons why I work where I do. Did ya follow all that!, :). I have struggled A LOT with the transition of my career. It has stretched me way more than I thought it would! There have been several days where I have driven home in tears wondering, "what have I done to my life?!" But then there are moments like yesterday......and I am reminded Who called me into this profession and why.
My friend called me into her room...somewhat embarrassed because she didn't really have a "legitimate" reason to summon me. Yes she did!! She wanted to talk and this was to be a God appointment! You see she has BIG decisions to make, life altering-life ending choices, the kind you never want to face, but probably will someday....and she wanted someone to talk to. I'd say that is legit!! For the next hour I sat, listened, laughed and shared with my friend. Reminded of how simple life really can be, all the things we worry about, get angry about, fight about....really don't matter when it comes down to moments like these.
My friend reminded me of the vow I took on October 29, 2002...the vow to never forget and to live each moment, each day as if it could be your last. "Live like you are dying" is a great song! And I have seen in lived out in many lives. Oh how different this world would be if we lived this way! Road rage would cease, overtime would be rare, estranged relationships would heal, divorces would decline....if only people realized how short life really is! We live like we have forever to correct things,to change ourselves,to live differently.....where do we get that idea from?? Any day, any moment that can all change!! If we could just get that, truly get that BEFORE we are handed the "pink slip" saying our time is up, this world would be different, our lives would be different!
Another thing we talked about was how different death looks when you don't fear what happens afterwards. Don't get me wrong, death can still be hard work when it doesn't happen suddenly...but you can have peace, true peace about where you are headed. The perspective changes everything when facing your own mortality.
The equation is elementary my dear friends...
You sinned (yep I know!....actually the Bible told me..."all have sinned and fallen short" Romans 3:23) + God's grace and love ("but He,Christ has appeared once for ALL...to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself". Hebrews 9:26 and "everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through His name" Acts 10:43) = eternal life! heaven .....("whoever believes shall not perish but have eternal life" John3:16)
Keep it simple! Remember Jesus himself said it takes faith of a child! Oh but the path from the head to the heart can be so treacherous and long!! Keep it simple!! You believe in a lot of things you cannot see! You believe in a lot of things that you do not have all the answers for or completely understand! Why make faith in a LOVING, kind, gracious God any different? Move it from the head to the heart! Believe He loves you!! Believe He died and paid for ALL your sins! Believe He accepts you just the way you are! Accept the gift, it's FREE! And have peace that your eternity is taken care of!!
Oh I hear you! "Christianity is so narrow, so exclusive". Yep Jesus did say, " I am THE way", indicating there is only one way to heaven. But He also said, "God so loved the WORLD that He sent His son, that ANYONE who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life" john 3:16....."EVERYONE who calls on the name of The Lord will be saved" Romans 10:13. Pretty inclusive I'd say!! Those are big words, big promises made by a BIG God! I think we can take Him at His word! In fact I'd base my life on it and even more my death on it! How about you?
Move it from your head to your heart! Keep it simple!