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YOUR TREASURE, YOUR HEART

on May 22, 2013

Novelist Stephen King demonstrates a more accurate view of giving than many Christians.  He writes: “a couple of years ago I found out what “you can’t take it with you” means.  I found out while I was lying in a ditch at the side of a country road, covered with mud and blood and with the tibia of my right leg poking out the side of my jeans like a branch of a tree taken down in a thunder-storm.  I had a MasterCard in my wallet, but when you’re lying in a ditch with broken glass in your hair, no one accepts MasterCard…We come in naked and broke.  We may be dressed when we go out, but we’re just as broke.  All the money you earn, all the stocks you buy, all the mutual funds you trade–all of that is mostly smoke and mirrors.  So I want you to consider making your life one long gift to others.  And why not?  All you have is on loan, anyway.  All that lasts is what you pass on.”

This begs the questions: what am I passing on…to friends, family, acquaintances.  What will they remember about me?  Will their lives be better, richer because they knew me?  Did I pass on something of value to them?  Will anything I have done on this earth count for eternity?  Now there’s a question to consider.  Or have I lived selfishly, thinking only about myself?  Have I pushed people away, treating them as an interruption?  Have I hurt others by my unkind words or deeds?

Once the dirt is thrown on the coffin, it’s too late to make changes.  And more and more, young people are dying all around us.  People get up and go about their daily routine, and a massive heart attack kills them instantly.  No chance for good byes or I’m sorry or I love you.  Or how about please forgive me.  As terrifying as the last few minutes of their lives were, I am sure there were people in Moore, Oklahoma who were wishing for one last chance to say good bye.

While it’s TODAY, act as if it is your last day on earth.  It might be.


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