Prepared?

July 13, 2018

 

         

My friend, may I ask you a question? As Christians we do know that the most important person in the universe, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, will someday personally stop by our lives and offer to show us the place where he lives? 

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

We spend so much time preparing for some things in life especially when it involves how we appear to others, especially those we want to impress in the first place. Whether it’s a birthday, a wedding, a family reunion or simply an evening dinner with the family, if there’s people involved, there’s always a goodly amount of preparation that precedes the event. 

 

When faced with a future event, we will usually put our backs into it and give it all the attention that we can. Since our reputation as entertainer, host or simply a good chef is on the line, being prepared is usually at the top of the list. Would it not seem logical then, when faced with what might be called the last, great “event” of our lives, we ought to feel as or even more inclined to put forth our best efforts? 

 

Here’s a story. Billy Graham would often tell this story about the need to be prepared for that unexpected “meeting” with our Maker. It was about a little boy named Paul Haley. The little six-year-old Denver boy was dying from cancer. His story had hit the newspapers along with his fondest wish. The little boy wanted to meet the President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. One day, quite unexpectedly, Eisenhower announced to his aides that he was going to see Paul Haley. Hopping in the presidential limousine, they drove to Denver and pulled up outside of the Haley home, flags flying from the limo’s fenders. Eisenhower simply strode up the little walk leading to the Haley front door and rang the doorbell. Donald Haley, the little boy’s father, answered the door. When faced with the neatly-dressed stranger he simply asked, “Can I help you?” Suddenly, a little boy appeared between his father’s legs, peering up at the stranger’s face. “Yes, I’m Dwight Eisenhower and I’d like to meet your son.” The little boy scampered out to the limo and the president showed him the car and allowed him to sit in it. They parted with a handshake and a hug. All the while Donald Haley stood in the doorway awestruck. His neighbors are still talking about it to this day. (Adapted, Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes) 

 

Donald Haley often talked about how unprepared he was to meet the president of the United States. He was standing there in old jeans and a dirty teeshirt as the most important man in the world shook his hand. If he had only known, it’s without a doubt that not only would he have had on his best suit, he probably would have rolled out a red carpet for him. 

 

As Christians we do know that the most important person in the universe, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, will someday personally stop by our lives and offer to show us the place where he lives. Would that each of us have on a robe of righteousness and lips prepared to say–“It’s good to see You, Lord. I’ve been expecting you for a long time.” 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, there are so many things that we prepare for in life making sure that our daily lives go the way we plan. Yet, when it comes to being prepared to meet you should you ask us to go home, we haven’t given that the thought we should? Forgive us Lord for preparing so well for things that only matter now and so poorly for those that matter forever. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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