I read an article of famous last words and the question was asked: What will your last words be?
I recently chocked and really thought I was going to die. In those frightful moments, here were some of my thoughts:
- I felt sorry for family that would come to find me.
- And, I wondered if I had lived my life well enough to please God and further the kingdom.
We don’t like to think about our end but often live as if we are invincible. However, the statistics do show that 100% of us are destined to die one day in the future barring Christ’s return and it might be sooner than we think.
What if we look at each day as if it could be our last?
What if we have words prepared if last words need to be spoken?
If you are married, what if you really live out the vow till death us do part?
Of course, we can’t live in a world of ‘what ifs’ but, we should live loudly knowing tomorrow may never come.
You might be asking yourself what does living loudly mean?
Well, sharing our faith for starters. Being a daily light to those in your circle of influence with humor always helps too.
Laughing that type of hardy belly laugh that is loud and contagious is such a great tool not only for your inner well-being but for all those around lucky enough to engage in that laughter with you.
My mom always said: “Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.” She was usually referring to chores and wanting to motivate (or rather control us) into doing what she wanted when she wanted it done, but the words stuck to me like glue.
What if we didn’t procrastinate and got that project done?
What if we took that travel plan and made it come to reality?
But more importantly than fulfilling our hearts’ desires: What if we visited the lonely or hurting instead of talking about it?
And on that note, think about how Christ came with a purpose and lived it out loudly for all the world to see. That’s what Christmas is all about! His life for ours. What a sacrifice! What a gift! What a reason to live till death does part you from this world.
Challenge yourself to ask some ‘what if’ questions and then go do the outlandish, love more aggressively, and be faithful to those you have been blessed to share life with.
Life is too short to live with regrets, but it will be so very sad if when your time comes, you are not ready to meet your maker.
So, go think about some last words to have in your back pocket and prepare your heart now so you can indeed hear these blessed words upon your arrival into heaven: “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter the kingdom I have prepared for you.” (Matthew 25.34)
I am glad I have some more time to try and do just that. Not sure how much as I am definitely on the downhill slant of my time here on earth. May it motivate me to love loudly, boldly, and take every opportunity to plant seeds as I daily strive to witness.
If you have never accepted Jesus as your Savior, I encourage you to say this prayer now and you indeed will be ready for eternity for this is the true meaning of Christmas and why Christ came:
“Lord Jesus, I trust in You. I know You died and rose again so I could be saved by the giving of Your life in ransom for mine. Thank you for dying for me. Thank you for forgiving me of my sin past, present, and future. Thank you for your grace and mercy that sets me free. And by acknowledging you as my Lord and Savior, I know one day I will be in heaven with you forever. Amen”
Tell someone if you said this prayer for the first time or let me know in the comments how I can support or pray for you in your faith walk this side of heaven.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3-5-6 NIV
Then you too will…
Here’s some previous posts that can help remind you how to live loudly and boldly: https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/12/06/pray-for-the-waiter/
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