I know, we don't like to talk about these matters, but in order to live well to the end, we must at times reflect on the reality that death will one day come for each of us (unless our Lord returns first). I wonder, if you knew you were going to die, if you had only 30 seconds before you breathed your last breath, what would you say to those closest to you.
As I shared in the final message of this series, if I knew I had only 30 seconds to life and Janice was by my side, I would tell her that I have been blessed in the life that we have shared together. 'You have been my companion and friend, my partner in ministry and the source of my strength and joy. I have always loved you and with my final breath I want you to know, I have loved you to the end, and I’ll be waiting for you.'
If I had only 30 seconds to live, I would say to my kids, 'I don’t know if it’s possible for a dad to love his children more than I have loved you. Take care of your mom and be there for each other; worship and serve the Lord and be blessed as you follow Him. And always remember, one day, in Christ, we’ll be together again'.
Those words capture pretty much everything I would want my wife and kids to know; then I'd be ready to go.
A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed. (Job 14:5)
None of us knows how many more days we will have on this earth. We don’t know what lies ahead of us.
The journey may become difficult, the road steep, the path lonely. We may never accomplish all we set out to do. We may never see all that we would like to see. But, we can live by faith; we can live well right to the end and finish the race set before us with a confident faith that God will see us through.
When the time comes for me to leave this world, I would hope that my family might be able to be by my side.
And I pray that they would still see my faith; that I might have something worthwhile to say to them, before I breath my last breath and that they might stand on my shoulders and see the things of God that I never saw as they take the baton from me and live out the faith passed on to them.
Friends – we are called to live for God and to pass along our faith to our children and grandchildren, to those we love. In this season of our lives, may we be found faithful.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).