Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Not giving up

Amazing, huh? 78 hours (over 3 days) later, a boy is pulled from the rubble. Even more amazing, 80 hours after the earthquake, a 55-year-old woman and her 75-year-old mother are also pulled from the rubble.

I'll bet that most people who are able to hang on in such dire circumstances believe there is something worth living for. If a person has low self-esteem, and merely exists day to day, the thought of pressing through severe difficulties may not seem worth it.

Christians most of all should believe life is worth living. Yes, we can be torn between whether to stay here and continue ministering to others, or let the Lord take us to heaven. The Apostle Paul was torn thus. In Philippians 1:21-24, he says, "21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account" (ESV).

The deciding factor seems to be that Paul knew he wasn't done with the Lord's work. God had more plans for him. As for us, we should assume that as long as we have breath, we have more of the Lord's work to do.

One man of God (whose name I don't recall at this time) always had a full speaking schedule. Then, one day his calendar was open. This was a clue to him that his days were ending. He didn't choose retirement, and neither should we. God chose to retire him.

Lord, help us to cherish life on earth as long as you would give us the honor of ministering to your glory, and let us indeed "go gently into that good night" when you choose to take us home. In Jesus' name, Amen.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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