“Suppose you had only 4 months to live”.
This was the conversation my baby sister, Aimee and I had one morning a couple of years ago while driving to work.
“What would you do?” Was her next question to me.
Aimee had had a dream the night before. Woke her up with such a start, and then she set in to ponder the matter.
Suppose, just suppose that were true.
We tossed ideas back and forth, “Well, I suppose I’d continue on with what I’m doing”, was my first impulse. “No, wait, I’d quit my job”.
“Do you think you’d travel to exotic places, or do something really daring?” She queried.
“No, I don’t think so. I mean, unless the travel was for a memory for Jeff, I think I would stay home, get some things done for my family, write letters to loved ones, friends and some that I know need to know about Jesus. But wait. I would take a small trip. I’d fly to California, Arizona, Colorado and the Bahamas. See, I have some friends that I would REALLY love to see here on earth—that way, I’ll easily recognize them in heaven.” (One of those dear ones has actually moved closer…from California to Tennessee! Still leaving a couple of friends in California though!)
I’m smiling as I imagine this part, because 3 of these precious friends, I’ve already met, hugged and we have plans to shake the world for Jesus! Well, maybe not shake the actual world, but at least our part of it.
Aimee said, “Well, that’s because you are a writer–and I’m a talker. I think I’d tell all my friends and family about Jesus. I’d want them to hear it from me”.
“Right, I understand, but I would “tell” them as well. But the written word stands a long, long time. It will serve as a reminder of our conversation. Something they can refer back to.”
I paused at this point, remembering the prayer journal of Wanda’s that I held so dear. Her thoughts and prayers to God. A reminder of her steadfast love and faith. That’s what I want to pass on.
Light dawned in Aimee’s mind as she realized the value in writing the details of my love for them and my desire to see them either, come to know Christ, or grow in Christ.
A lot of plans are made these days for a future that seems so uncertain.
Colleges mapped out, the 5 step plan to matrimony, etc., but there is so much more.
The “Big Things” that we are destined for are beyond our wildest imagination. (Psalm 139:16-17) Our dreams cannot possibly hold what is to come! The Bible says we are to “set our affection on things above, not on the things of the earth.” (Colossians 3:2)
Where are your affections?
The main things I contemplate on a regular basis are doing more for Christ. (No, I’m not some Super Christian, I don’t have a red and blue suit with a dramatic cape–and I certainly don’t fly through the air, the flying part comes later.) But His plans for me are pretty much on my mind all the time. I’m usually thinking thoughts like, “okay, Lord,what next? Or, Okay Lord, When?
When Aimee asked me if I would travel to exotic places or do something daring like “sky diving”, I gave the exotic places some thought (not the sky diving though). But as quickly as I thought about it, the realization hit me that once the New Heavens and New Earth are set in place-we will be able to travel anywhere we desire (should heaven be our homeland and not “the other place”)
Why spend the time seeing it now—IF we truly had so little time to spare—when we can see it with JESUS by our side, and the view not be tainted in the least with worldliness?
(Please understand, I am all for taking trips and seeing great things—I LOVE traveling—seeing—missioning…and blogging it all!)
But you know, right now, we were destined for more than the mundane existence we call life.
We were called to walk in Christ (Colossians 2:6).
That means in all the fullness of grace, power and love. (Ephesians 3:14-21)
What is the “big thing” or the “more” in your life that you are seeking?
Take some time today and write out a list of what you feel God tugging on your heart about. A dream, even if you think it’s beyond your grasp. It’s not beyond His. Remember that the next time you feel a tug to do something for Him, and the enemy taunts you with your“inabilities”. Friend, there is no such thing as an inability when you give your all to Christ Jesus.
Remember, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Begin praying now about 2013…Let’s make it a year to do more for Christ. The year we give Him our absolute all!
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November 14th, 2012 at 5:45 pm
Love, blessings, and prayers to you sis.