This week has been tough. Let me be honest, this year has been tough. We had the loss of a dear friend in May who was diagnosed with cancer in January. We’ve had family, friends and friends’ children diagnosed with diseases. Most recently, we were part of the search for Isaiah Theis that ended tragically.
I’ve been reading a book by a grieving mother, Terri Stellrecht, who lost her 12 year old son in a skiing accident, and I’ve been thinking about something my cousin said, “…whether we are here for 2 years, 50 years or 100 years, it is all short compared to eternity.”
Life on this earth is short. My grandmother will be 101 in September, but her life has been short. We think of it as long, but it is no more long than the life of a bumble bee when compared to eternity. My grandma is nearly 99 years older than Isaiah was, but what is 99 compared to never ending? What is 99 even compared to 100,000? What is 100,000 years compared to infinity? We cannot even imagine.
We don’t grieve for Isaiah. He is in Heaven. We grieve for ourselves and our loss of him. Terri Stellrecht does not grieve for her son, Trent, although she does miss him greatly. Trent is in Heaven, but what Terri often asks people is “What if it had been you? Where would you be right now?” So, let me pass the question on. What if it had been you in that skiing accident or that car accident or whatever? Where would you be right now?
Life is short. Don’t wait to deal with that question!!! Salvation only comes through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. You CANNOT DO enough to get to heaven. The way has been given, but you must accept it, the way you would accept any gift!
Here is a great video from Francis Chan about keeping this life in perspective with all of eternity.
For those of us who do know Christ, but find ourselves wasting our time in this brief life, I would encourage you to reevaluate your priorities and do what things God has called you to do that will last forever. It’s not too late!
Blessings to you as you prepare for eternity!