In the space of three days, two young persons I know have passed away from cancer.
They weren’t the first; yet the news still hits me a stinging blow.
With any unexpected death comes a couple of reminders:
1. We must live every day like it’s our last.
The term Christian implies that we look forward to Christ’s return. Once we have passed from this life, the next voice we will hear is that of Jesus’s at His return to reclaim this earth.
Revelations 22:11 reminds us that whomever was unrighteous would still be unrighteous. It will be too late to “change”.
By contrast, whomever was living their lives in accordance with God’s Word will still be in that state.
Which one would you prefer to be in? I know my preference.
This takes me back to my earlier statement. Any day can be our last. Therefore we ought to be in a constant state of readiness.
I know how easy it can be to get caught up in the cares of this world. But we shouldn’t to the point where we forget that this earth is only our temporary home.
2. We have a lot to be thankful for.
I can imagine that at the point of having suffered for so long, especially at the hands of something as insidious as cancer, some folks are ready to go.
But I am equally as sure that if they were somehow offered a reprieve that they would jump at the chance to live for just a while longer.
Meanwhile, many of us who are not in such a situation can be found complaining about the challenges and obstacles in our lives. Instead we should be rejoicing for all the blessings God bestows upon us.
Whenever we feel like things are so bad with us, I can guarantee that we wouldn’t have to look too hard or too far to find someone else who has it so much worse than we do.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 reminds us that in EVERY situation we can find something we can give thanks for.
Won’t you try that today? Do not take anything for granted. Count your blessings. You would be amazed at how innumerable they are.