Susie Mc

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Verse and Message (Week of January 20 – 26, 2008) January 23, 2008

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James 4:14

whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
 Dove 2 
I was stunned Sunday morning as I heard the news from our pastor that Rick Burgess of the Rick & Bubba Radio Show lost his two-year-old son Saturday night in a drowning accident. At that moment, I recalled a handful of families that have endured such a tragedy in my lifetime.  This verse and message is dedicated to all the families I know who have had to go through what I consider the most traumatic grief possible – the loss of a child. 
No one wants to outlive his children.  It doesn’t go along with what we consider the general order of things.  It’s tragic for not only the blood relatives, but also for friends, co-workers, classmates, distant acquaintances, radio listeners, and/or for anyone like me who has a child and cannot begin to imagine it happening to us. 
The fact remains that we all die in this world.  And, really we all live after this life…..but the question is, “Where will your final destination will be?”  
Death ranks high if not the highest as the most mysterious part of our existence.  No one knows for sure what really happens detail by detail once we make our passage to the other side.  However, we do know and believe what the Bible relates to us about this mystery.  But, we will never fully realize until we are there. 
That goes for our future in this life as well.  Our God only provides what is necessary for us to know at the time that He feels best.  He reveals things to us day by day if we are close to Him and if we are listening.  We really wouldn’t want to know the when’s or how’s of our future, because God knows we couldn’t take it all in. His timing is perfect…so, wouldn’t we be wise to make the most of the “present” in this life? 
Don’t wait to say you are sorry.  Don’t wait to tell someone that you love them and also to express that love. Don’t wait to forgive.  Don’t wait to say “thank you.” Don’t wait to use your fine china.  Don’t wait to call that friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.  Don’t wait to go have fun because you are too busy working or cleaning.  Don’t wait to give your time to someone who needs you. Don’t delay in going to sporting events for your child. Don’t put off another week of going to your worship home, because you have to cut the grass or you have to take care of a spreadsheet for the office. Don’t wait to go see your mom, dad, or grandparent at the nursing home.  Don’t wait to live out your purpose for God. DON’T WAIT!
In our current series at Church of the Highlands “30 Days To Live” we have discovered that imminent death has a commanding power to straighten life’s priorities.  And, if you had thirty days left till your last breath, I bet you would be like me in wanting to make everything right before that time had arrived.  But, friends, what’s the hold-up?  Why not live a life that leaves a legacy of WHO you belong to and live that life now?  IF we want more of our loved ones to have the best choice of eternity – Heaven…then we should be motivated to live a life like Jesus.  We are not perfect…but with His Spirit within us, we can supernaturally have consistent character, holiness, and unconditional love. How we live ultimately influences how we die …where we are headed …and what we leave behind.  If we do not guard what matters most, we will be blinded by the world’s idea of success and comfort.  Remember, those who have chosen to live with Christ are aliens to this land. We are on a mission! We are ambassadors for the King.
We must reach for the stars and ask God to help us fulfill the dreams and purposes that He has placed inside of us.  Refuse to have any excuses. Don’t bury your head in the sand.  Make time each day to focus on who and what means the most….and GO FOR IT! 
Or, you might realize that it’s too late……
Now in conclusion, I wanted to share some additional information regarding the Burgess Family that I received in an email today.  Rick was heard saying that Bronner didn’t fall into the pool, he fell into the arms of Jesus. What an incredible perspective! Please pray for this family, and see below…..
Susie Mc 

Bronner  Burgess
We ask that you bathe Rick, Sherri, and the entire Burgess family in prayer as they deal with the loss of their youngest son, Bronner Burgess.
We all are grieving together in this terrible loss.The Burgess’s want to give all Honor and Glory to GOD for the many blessings He has given us, especially the life of Bronner Burgess. And while we do not understand, we know who is in charge and His will be done in life and in death.

He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
1 Thessalonians 5:10

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