We humans, especially American Humans spend a lot of time attempting to get more and more. This time is spent keeping up or getting ahead of the “Joneses” and never seeming to accomplish this “impossible dream.” We foolishly think that, while death is inevitable, it won’t come after me just yet.
While we are absorbed in the above list endeavors, suddenly it’s here. The Grim Reaper appears, and we are gone. Our friends and loved ones mourn our loss of life and whatever they have lost or gained in our demise. Death is assumed to be the worst thing ever.
Some, including me, see it a little differently. Here’s an anonymous quote that’s worth a bit of thought:
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." Anon.
Paul’s word to Timothy, the pastor at Ephesus gives some insight here:
1Timothy 5:5 Now she who is a widow, and left alone, trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day. 6 But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives. (NKJV).
Using women whose husband has left this valley of tears as a contrast between a fulfilled life with meaning and one that becomes void of satisfaction, the Bible gives us light for our path as we walk along life. The commended widow continues to trust in God and continues fulfilling duties for her maintenance, via prayers and carrying on her responsibilities toward others. The one termed as “dead” may be having a whale of a time, but deep down, she might as well be dead and buried. The Lord and others occupy one. The other is a charter member of the “It’s All About Me” club.
Keep in your mind and heart that Jesus came to give us the best:
John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” (NKJV).
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