There is a line already drawn. We know not the day nor the hour when we will finally reach it. We can’t see it, nor can we calculate when it might be. I was in church service and heard the minister say that he was 83 years old and did know when he would cross the line already drawn for him, He felt it would not be another 83 years for him to run this race, we call life. When the Lord calls us, and it’s our time to cross “our” finish line, I ask myself and you, too, what will be on the other side?
Think about all we do and all the value we place on this earth, and then ask yourself: What have I been running or walking toward on my journey? Did I do what was required to be at peace when I finally cross my finish line? When we look at Matthew 24:14 For it is just like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted them with his possessions. The key words I took from the scripture were “entrusted” and “possessions,” for each of us knows only the life we have been given and the opportunities and possessions entrusted to us while living on this earth. Further, we can only speak for ourselves, not for our family, friends, co-workers….you can speak only for yourself!
The minister went on to speak about portraits…you know photograph. He asked the questions to the audience: What will your portrait look like at your journey’s finish line, and what will be in your background? This was thought-provoking to me, and I am sure for others as well. As I thought about my portrait and the background behind it, it really helped me to realize that all the running and being in the grind of life does not make for the best portrait, especially if you have not really taken the time to understand the opportunities and possessions entrusted to you. The minister further went on to say some of you need to do a “re-pose.” He was and is right. Check your poses while you can and make for certain that when we stand at the finish line, your portrait has the right background.
Matthew 24:42 Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day on which your Lord will come.
Matthew 24:44 For this reason, you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Wishing you the best always.
Until Next Time, Be Sincere, Kind and Intentional
Jackie Warner, Community Outreach Specialist
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