baby jax

photo credit Melanie Resch Photography

As I sit this morning with a good cup of coffee reflecting on all the events of the past week…I still cannot help but be a little overwhelmed at all that has taken place. Saying good bye is never easy…especially when it is an unexpected good bye.

It is still hard for me to process all that has happened. I really believe that God has a reason for everything that happens under heaven. Even though my rock solid and long time reasoning and beliefs allows me to think this way…it is still hard to cope with, understanding and accepting has been slow…so I hope and pray that this post will help all of us who are struggling at the loss of such a wonderful person in the prime of life.

This past week has caused me to make some serious life decisions. I have decided that all of those in my life whom I have ministered to over the years will know exactly how much I love them. At every parting I have decided that I will take time to make sure they know how much I love them and more importantly how much God loves them…we are not guaranteed tomorrow.

My friend Tommy Minton wrote these profound words this morning…he said “make today count because it might be the most valuable thing you have and not know it”. I totally agree with Tommy’s thoughts and taking it one step further…I want to emphasize that we have to be careful at what we place our value on. To often we place value on inanimate things that are cool for a while but then over time those things fade and are not so valuable to us. Think about it, your iPhone or Galaxy is not capable of loving you or having a relationship with you. We truly have to champion the value of people.

Relationships are real. Someone said that when it is all said and done, you will be able to count your real friends on one hand. This really is a sad statement when you think about it. There are over 7 billion people on this planet so I believe that relationships are key.

The affect you have on those people whom God place on your path are there for a reason. Another friend Matt Eubanks wrote this morning “There is always a reason why you meet people, either they come to change your life or you’ve come to change theirs”. How profound Matt. Think about it, the people that you come across today all have stories…they all have value…we must take the time, we have to get to know them, we must grow to love them and share the love of Jesus with them.

We should cherish these chance meetings. There is no telling what God might be up to. The person that you meet in Starbucks this morning, the person that God placed on the gas pump next to yours. All of these encounters should cause us to ask “What it is I feel that God has placed me on this planet to accomplish?” For the believer…for the one who knows they have a relationship with Christ…the statement “I have no idea” is unacceptable. God has placed us here for a specific purpose…we cannot miss it…

James 4:14-15 says “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”

We can not chose how we are going to die…this has been pre-determined by our creator…but we can choose how we are going to live…Live for Him today!

I love you all

Pastor Jeff