Death And Taxes
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27
My cousin died when I was eight years old, and he was the oldest of all the cousins on my mom's side of the family. This was the first death I experienced in my young life, and I did not fully understand or grasp the finality of what death meant. I knew I would not see my cousin anymore, but there were still times when I looked for him in his room. Tears were only shed because of the great sorrow exhibited by others, but I did not cry due to his death because I failed to understand the brevity of the moment and situation.
The older I get, the younger "old age" seems to become to me. I remember when I thought people in their forties were old, and now I understand 40 is the new 25. As I’m sure you’ve heard before, two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Every day that goes by I know I draw closer to taking my last breath and entering into eternity. I draw closer to the finality of death every day that goes by unless I hear the trumpet first. Every funeral I attend, I reflect on my life and vow to make better use of my time and to evaluate all of my decisions. I look at my purpose and see if it lines up with what God would have me to do or if it is vain pursuit.
God placed me on this planet for this moment in time for His purpose and His will. My life is but a dash that will be reflected on my headstone someday and it seems the days go by fast. I know I don’t have as much time as I did yesterday, and I know I must make my days count. I’ve been placed here to please my Heavenly Father and to do His will. I must be about the Father’s business just as He was when He prioritized His precious time He had on earth. I know judgement will come for me, and I must prepare now to be ready to stand before Him because death is inevitable.
Where are you today friend? Are you ready to stand before Him? Are you living your life with the reality of death and the fact that you will one day give an answer for your time on earth? Do you put priority on things that hold no eternal value as opposed to things that will last forever? Where are you laying up your treasures? Will your life have an eternal impact or will it be forgotten in a few years? May we allow God to use us so that our lives will count for Him. I long to cast crowns at His feet and hear Him say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
Stay in the fight!