Funerals. I’ve been to several as of late. It’s my age. It’s the age when my parents’ generation is in its seventies and eighties. Many are drawing a close to their earthly lives.
I have spent the last two weeks attending a funeral for a friend. Not just any friend. One was my father’s best friend. A long time family friend. The other was my best friend’s mother. A precious woman I’ve known since college. Both very dear to me. Both the dearest to someone very near and dear to me. Both were near the same age. Both had lived full, productive lives.
A funeral is much more than a ceremony to send off our dead. It is a time to minister to the living. A time to gather and comfort the grieving. It is a time to celebrate life. A life well lived. And it’s a time to reflect on our own lives as we grow closer to death ourselves. It gives us cause to face our own demise.
Are you prepared for death? Do you know your final resting place?
I’m not just speaking about your final arrangements here on earth. How to lay to rest your physical body. Although, it would certainly make it much easier on our loved ones grieving if we all made the final preparations in advance. Our wishes on how we would like to say good bye to those we love. How we would like to see our life celebrated. The final expenses taken care of in advance.
I’m speaking of beyond that. Eternity. The BIG picture. James 4:14 tells us, “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
Where do you plan to spend your eternal life? I don’t know about you, but those plans are plans I’ve made sure I’ve laid in place!
It is an intentional plan. A choice to make. Just like whether you choose to have your physical body buried or cremated, you have an intentional choice to make whether you want to live your eternity in heaven or hell.
Death itself is not optional. Where it takes you is.
Let’s all choose life. Eternal life spent with our creator. Our God. And His son, Jesus Christ. Let’s make sure we have made that one simple arrangement to prepare for our death. Choose Christ. Ask Him to be your Lord and Savior. Believe He is the son of God. Then live your remaining life to its fullest. Purposeful. And never let a day go by that you don’t share God’s unconditional love with another. There’s so much more to life then just existing. For yourself. Make your life count.
My dear friends, Steve and June, certainly did.:) I love them both dearly and look forward to the day we meet again for eternity. But not too forward. 🙂 I still have a lot of living I’d like to get done in the mean time!
Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies–so the living should take this to heart. Ecclesiastes 7:2
Love and laughter,