Good morning my warrior sisters-
As I sit here on my comfy couch, drinking the best cup of coffee ever, I can't take my mind off of Texas and those that lost their lives at church. First, we had Vegas which was horrible in itself and then we have another human taking the lives of innocent people. Now, a sleepy small town in Texas is on the map for the many that were lost.
I haven't slept that well this week and I wonder if it has to do with the people I know are mourning all over the world. These incidents in the US are harrowing but there are so many more. Every person that didn't get to see tomorrow didn't know this would be their last day on earth. Those mothers, fathers, and children got up to go to a concert or church. They didn't know that a senseless act would take place.
Just like everyday, they got up, got ready and probably had a to-do list a mile long. Instead, someone carried a bloodied body to a truck that took them to a Vegas hospital only to find out she died. A pastor and his wife, while in another state, got a call that their daughter was gone. A husband lost a wife, an unborn baby and several of his precious children. Mothers found out they had lost their daughters and their grand babies, all in a blink of an eye.
The Bible speaks about only having today. I've blown past that statement so many times. The truth is, what if this was my last day? I guess that's what I've been thinking about. If today was my last day on earth did I tell my husband and my boys how much I love them, how much they've meant to my life, how much they made my life rock? I hope I have but we get busy, we get frustrated, we even argue about things that don't really matter. The last two incidents in the US have forced me to think about these things. I also wonder about what I've done for Jesus. Did I give enough? Have I loved enough? Have I had passion for Him and His mission for my life?
If today was your last day and you never opened your heart to Jesus, do you know where you'll be? I can be the best person on earth but without Jesus there is no heaven for me. I can give all I have, love my neighbor and bring kindness with me and still, without Jesus there is no heaven. I can take care of the sick, the hurting and the lonely and still, there is no heaven without Jesus. People don't believe this and yet tell me, what other religion did a man hang on a cross for you? What other religion where a man is involved, was beaten, bruised, and nailed to a piece of wood? I will tell you— none.
You look for man to be perfect because they say they're a Christian. There is no such thing as perfect. The most perfect human on earth surrendered his life for you. We can continue to deny His very existence. We can say there is no God. We can put up idols, work for money, love ourselves and continue down a path of destruction. Our loving father will not steer you away if you're heart is closed. He is giving you opportunity to understand that today is all you have. If you're searching the world to find peace, you won't find it. If you're banking on the fact that I will be perfect, you won't find that either. If you're hoping that the shooting incidents in the US are going away, don't bank on that either. Put your money where it will count. Give Jesus your life. If you do that then you won't ever have to worry if this is your last day on earth— because where you go from here is more than wonderful.
Hebrews 3: 12-14 NIV
12See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.
My prayer for the people:
Our Father who art in Heaven spare us the rod. Turn our wayward hearts toward you today. Let us unite with one voice singing, Holy, Holy, is the lamb who was slain. Give us today our daily bread and Lord, help us to forgive those that trespass against us. Turn our hearts from the evil one, protect us and make us open only to You. We seek you in these days of chaos and ask for Your guidance and vision. Continue to make us mighty warriors for you and help us to speak the truth in the face of much adversity. No longer can we stand watching the world grow cold. People are seeking something...guide them toward you so that TODAY they will hear Your voice. My prayer is not just for those lost but for those that have been found. Encourage all of us, Lord, to be mighty soldiers and stand firm on the rock of our salvation. In Jesus Name, AMEN.