Talk about another wake up call! As I listen to the news regarding the mudslide that has taken place about an hour and a half southeast of where I live, I am again reminded of how our lives can change in seconds! One minute you may be doing your normal daily regime, and the next minute, disaster hits.
This last Sunday, our pastor asked us two questions:
- What would you do if you were to receive one billion dollars next week?
- What would you do if you lost everything you own next week?
- 3. Based on the above, how would your life change?
It really made me think.
So, let’s talk about the first question. What would you do if you were to receive one billion dollars next week? If we came into money, we could think of all kinds of things to do with it. We would have all kinds of plans that would come to mind, and most of it may be for ourselves or immediate wants. But, with that kind of windfall, we may, and I hope that is true, decide to be gracious and help with the needs around us. But for the most part, we would probably be making all these plans with our comforts foremost in our minds. How would your life change?
Second question. What if we lost everything we own next week? How would we react to that? I think of all those in the Oso, Washington area that have lost everything! There have many lost lives and many with questions about loved ones who haven’t been found. Their homes… and everything in them…gone. Then, there are those who have survived that are thankful to be alive. Some “just happened” to be away from the house with other activities. In seconds, their lives are changed forever! Lost…everything you own. How would your life change?
So how then, shall we live? That question seems very key for us today. How will I live out my life? Am I ready for a storm of whatever comes my way? Am I ready to meet the Lord if I am over taken by that storm? Am I living in such a way daily, that I have happiness, joy and peace in my life? Do I share my love freely with my family so they know how important they are to me? Yes… It makes me think. I hope it makes you think also. It is true that we can’t predict these kinds of disasters. They happen. Scripture tells us that we will have troubles. But, we can live each day as if it is our last; never closing our eyes without giving thanks, without saying I love you to those who need to hear it, without feeling gratitude for what God has given us, and without forgiveness; either asking, given, and asked for from God. It would change our lives if we lived like that, wouldn’t it?
Don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to make any of you anxious about the future. “The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.” (Pastor Herb Geeslin) If we always worry about what might happen, it would make us miserable and it also means that we aren’t trusting the Lord. However, we have hope because we have a Savior that never leaves us. EVER. I think it should cause us want to have abundant joy and zest for life.
What drives your happiness now? Don’t let it be things and possessions that are your main focus. They can be taken from you in seconds as we have seen in Oso. I would encourage you to talk it over with God and see what your score is.
Let’s keep the families of Oso, Washington in our prayers as they try to pick up the pieces of their lives. It could be yours, or mine.
A changed life relishes the future of today. (From the same sermon mentioned above). If you need to, make some changes in how you think about your life. Let’s live our lives with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Walking the journey with you…