Intro: When There’s No Tomorrow.(Marketing credit: Mercury)
Imagine you’re standing before God. There’s no Tomorrow, you can’t go back and finish up what you had planned on getting to sometime in the future. What was that thing that you planned on getting to, that thing that now, you’re standing before God and thinking “I wish I had gotten to that…”
Assignment: We only have today. Should God take you today, have you accomplished everything that you wanted to, needed to. Have you said all the things that needed to be said? Let’s have no regrets, let’s make sure we get to those things, so that when we’re standing before the Lord, the only thing we need to do is to worship him.. and not regret not getting to that thing on our to do list. Stop - go take care of that thing…. then, come tell us what you choose to share. Don’t embarrass yourself or any of your loved ones.
Wow, this is a really hard assignment. It makes you face your immortality. We all know it's coming one day, but none of us want to actually think about it. I'm not perfect, far from it in fact. I've done things in my life that I've regretted. From that I've tried to become a better person. I've finally realized that I can't control how others around me behave. The only thing I can control is how I react to the situation. Unfortunately, it's not always in a way that I feel God would want me to. I'm working on that. But no matter what happened yesterday or what happens today, if I should die tonight, I want to know that my family knew I loved them with everything in me. And that by knowing that they could continue on to have a wonderful, happy, full life. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I want them dependant on me for happiness, but that being loved by me gave them the ability to be happy. I hope that makes sense. I know what I'm trying to say, I just hope it comes across the way it should. :)
I couldn't pick just one verse for how I was feeling about this assignment. So here are the few I chose...
Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. - Mark 11:25
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. - Ephesians 4:32
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. - Colossians 3:12-13