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Last week a 19 yr. old relative of my sister-in-law took his own life. Last week a friend unexpectedly lost her Mom. A friends Mom had a heart attack last night. As these tragic events happen they prompt us to take a step back and reflect, to "take inventory of our own lives" because the reality is, a tragedy could happen to any of us at any time. While talking with family and friends about these events, I am comforted and encouraged by some important truths.

First, although we may think we are in control, we are not. It is only God who knows the story of our lives. Life is fragile. Our lives on earth are but a moment compared to the time we will spend in Heaven. God blessed me with this body which is a temple of the Holy Spirit and I should be honoring God with it (1 Cor 6:19-20). Whatever fills me, controls me (Matt 6: 21). Am I investing my time, money, energy, love, and thoughts in things of eternal value or of earthly value? What is most important to me?

Second, I must be ready. Ready for eternity with Christ Jesus. For when my own life ends, or Jesus returns for us, I want to be ready. I must be sure of where I am going. I want my children and others I love to be sure of their place in Heaven too. Have you ever noticed what people ask after someone has died: "Were they saved or did they know the Lord?" Well, unfortunately, that is too late to be asking. For many of us sharing the gospel with loved ones can be challenging because emotions and relationships are at stake. But if God is not stretching me, and if it is not a little bit uncomfortable, then is He working in me and I am doing all that I can? Do I pray daily for God to put people and opportunities in my path for me to witness to? Do I pray for courage to step out and seize those opportunities? Am I reflecting Christ in my life for others to see?

Thankfully we can be sure of our place in Heaven. Because of my belief and acceptance of Jesus' free gift of salvation (John 3:16), I know I will be in heaven! I have a seal guaranteeing my inheritance (2 Cor 1:22 & Eph 1:13-14) and my name is written in the Lambs' Book of Life (Rev 13:8). What peace that provides, for me and my brothers and sisters in Christ! Be sure of where you are going...life is fragile, we want to be ready.

Phillipians 3:20-21 - But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. 

KMulroy

 Hi, I'm Kristin. I am a Wife, busy Mom, Friend, Volunteer, Daughter, and Sibling that is striving daily to keep Christ at the center of it all. I fall short each day, but by the grace of God I always have new opportunities to grow and strengthen my relationship with Him. This was my latest opportunity! 

4 Comments

You brought up a good point regarding praying for God to bring us out of our comfort zone and to be asking God to put us in a place where we can witness to others now.Personaly, I have often thought, "oh this isn't the right time" or some other lame excuse just because it felt uncomfortable or fear stepped in. Your right the time is NOW. The scripture verses regarding our body as the Temple are so clear. It really must be a conscious effort of what we are doing on a minute by minute basis. Thanks for sharing Kristin, you are a Godly woman and your actions and words represent who you LIVES in you!

Happy to know you will be my forever friend in our forever home in Heaven :)

So sorry for the loss of a young life to suicide. I can only imagine the great loss his parents and loved ones must be feeling. Sorry for the loss of your friends Mom. Having spent time with my mom recently reminds us that our life on earth is short. We all need to grow closer to God and store up our heavenly not earthly treasures. Spreading the good news to all that we meet, because our life here on earth is precious. May God bless you Kaylyn in all you do.

Thanks for the great reminders based on the Bible. I loved the verses you included and am often thinking about how I can rest assured in Jesus Christ...for eternity or for the little, every day moments.

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