Yesterday started out as a normal enough day – the first Sunday in the year 2024.
However , I was saddened to hear of the demise of a colleague.
It always hits you hardest when it’s someone you know, someone you schooled with, someone you called your colleague.
This was not what I had in mind to write, but life happened ; life and death continues to happen around us.
The curtain has been drawn on someone’s life; we’re left behind for now; what are we taking away from this?
For me,..this phrase always comes to mind
LORD, TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS , THAT WE MAY GAIN A HEART OF WISDOM.
I remember this song and I conclude – my tomorrow may very well be today. Yours too.
Only God knows when you and I will depart from this world.
What did Solomon conclude –
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 AMP – When all has been heard, the end of the matter is: fear God [worship Him with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is almighty God] and keep His commandments, for this applies to every person.
14 For God will bring every act to judgment, every hidden and secret thing, whether it is good or evil.
I’ve been reading a book – The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
These are some key lessons I’ve picked up so far:
1. Life is not about us, it’s about God.
2. You and I are not an accident. God planned for us to be on this earth at this very point in time.
3. Everyone’s life is driven by something and that affects how we live our life and the value we place on things, on people , on relationships.
4. There’s more to life than what is here on earth. Our earthly life’s are a tiny fraction of eternity.
5. The way we see life shapes our life.
6. Life can be viewed of as a test, a trust and a temporary assignment.
That’s how far I’ve gotten in the book.
Trying to read a chapter a day.
Obviously I’ve missed a few days. 😅
I don’t know when I’ll go,.. but one thing for sure is that I will be with the Lord once I continue in fellowship with Him having accepted Christ as my Lord and personal Saviour.
I want to hear the Lord say – well done , good and faithful servant.
I want my Father to be proud that with His help, I used the gifts He gave me to serve this present age.
A charge to keep I have,
A God to glorify,
A never dying soul to save,
And fit it for the sky.
Psalm 39:1-13 NLT –
For Jeduthun, the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 I said to myself, “I will watch what I do
and not sin in what I say.
I will hold my tongue
when the ungodly are around me.”
2 But as I stood there in silence—
not even speaking of good things—
the turmoil within me grew worse.
3 The more I thought about it,
the hotter I got,
igniting a fire of words:
4 “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.”
6 We are merely moving shadows,
and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
not knowing who will spend it.
7 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
My only hope is in you.
8 Rescue me from my rebellion.
Do not let fools mock me.
9 I am silent before you; I won’t say a word,
for my punishment is from you.
10 But please stop striking me!
I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.
11 When you discipline us for our sins,
you consume like a moth what is precious to us.
Each of us is but a breath.
12 Hear my prayer, O LORD!
Listen to my cries for help!
Don’t ignore my tears.
For I am your guest—
a traveler passing through,
as my ancestors were before me.
13 Leave me alone so I can smile again
before I am gone and exist no more.