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A Father’s Last Wish

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If I die tomorrow and leave my daughter  fatherless I pray that she understand one thing…..

…..I pray that she embeds in her soul this one powerful divine command:

WE ARE NOT YET HOME;THEREFORE, LIVE AS IF YOU ARE NOT FROM THIS WORLD!

Question:  What is your only comfort in life and in death?

Answer:  That I am not my own
but belong—
body and soul,
in life and in death—
to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,
and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.
He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my Father in heaven;
in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him,
Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready
from now on to live for him.

The Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1.

My sweet daughter,

in this life there will be pain, disappointment, and yes, suffering. But to God that you would draw on Christ and live in hope. Say, like the Apostle with great boldness:

Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

May you never own anything in this life but rather, apprehend the love of God in Christ Jesus and be kept by Him as your true possession.

Daddy loves you!

 

CONFESSION: This post is inspired by Roy Ortlund, courtesy of The Gospel Coalition

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Live Until You Die

Have you ever gone to a funeral and wondered: when will I die?

I think it’s inevitable to wonder and let your mind begin to examine your life and all those lowly souls who will grieve bitterly and sorrowfully over you when you are taken out of this life (dramatic, I know!).

Truth be told, mourning over the dead is short lived. People feel loss and take time to heal but for many of us we get better with time and grace. The lasting effect is the life that you CELEBRATE after the mourning.

When you die will people mourn your passing or will they carry on a legacy??

Leave ripples! Ask yourself: What am I here to do? What bothers me most about the world?

Search and seek your purpose and then blastoff! I believe that individuals and families should have a mission statement and specific virtues that they celebrate. In my living room is our family mission statement with underneath it written out is our ‘How’ for carrying out the mission. One of those points is ‘selfless service’. So we attempt to model sacrificial service to one another.

It might be as simple as turning the tide in the midst of some bad generational issues. Maybe you will be the first to have a successful marriage, or the first to finish college. Whatever it is find it, set your sight, WRITE IT DOWN, and live on purpose until you die!

Plan two things out before you leave this earth:

1. Where will I be in 10,000 years?
2. What condition will the world be in 100 years because of me?

Make a ripple!!!

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