The Great Divide

Tuesday, Jan. 10                               
“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.  Live your life so that when you die, the world will cry and you will rejoice.”—American Indian, White Elk.  Hopefully the first part of it was true for you.  Some babies never see the light of day, and some are not enthusiastically welcomed into this world.  For babies that survive, the second part of the quotation becomes good advice.  But that’s not an easy task.  One’s sin nature is a definite deterrent—and the sin natures of every one else doesn’t pave the way to success, either.  You might say you have two strikes against you when you were born.  But if God gets a chance to come to your aid, you’ve got it “made in the shade.”  [Never mind the poetry; it’s not one of my strong points.]  Whether or not you’ve ever considered what should be written on your grave stone. unless you’re still very young, you have thought about how you will be remembered when you die.  Meditating on that might initiate a few changes in your life and it might not.  But what appears on your grave stone is immaterial anyway.  God’s view of you is what counts.  And the most important thing is whether or not you are His.  Death is either the worst thing that can  happen to you or the best thing that can happen to you.  As for me, I know I belong to Him, and will spend eternity in His loving care.  It really doesn’t matter whether people laugh or cry when I die.

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