Saturday, July 11, 2009

Death & Lessons Learned

During the past several weeks there has been a lot of talk about various celebrities who have recently died, in particular a television host (Ed McMahon), an actress (Farrah Fawcett), a musician (Michael Jackson), an infomercial spokeman (Billy Mayes) and a football player (Steve McNair), which got me to thinking...

  • Even though these individuals enjoyed fame and fortune during their lifetimes, they were no different than you and me, when you get down to the basics. They all where created by God Almighty from dust (Genesis 2:7). They experienced diseases, pain, loneliness, worry, financial difficulties and made their fair share of poor decisions. No amount of money and luxury could protect them from the realities of life.
  • Judgments have been made in the media and aroung the watercooler about these celebrities. However, no one is in the position to judge anyone. Jesus said the one without sin could cast the first stone (John 8:7), and the fact is every man, woman and child is a sinner (Romans 3:23). So, no matter what you or I may think about the person on the supermarket tabloid magazine or our next door neighbor, we are not qualified to pass judgment about their behavior or where they will spend eternity. We have no way of knowing what is in their heart or what their relationship with Jesus is (1 Samuel 16:7).
  • When we hear of someone's death, whether we know them or not, it should remind us of our own morality. We should number our days (Psalm 90:12) so we can will the most of the time that God has granted us. The fact is if you are still breathing air on this earth, God has something for you to do and your work here is not finished yet.

Are you living your life to its fullest potential by being in the center of God's will? Are you giving God your very best? If not, what changes to you need to make today?

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