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Friday, January 20, 2012

Lifecycles: The End, Reflections

     When your “number of days appointed to live,” spoken of in Ps. 139:16, has been completed, will you have made a difference in anyone’s life? Mrs. W would probably have answered “No” to that question because she really had no idea just what her kindness had meant to us children. Nearly six decades later, I can still remember her with the fond memories I have shared with you and I can be pretty sure she would be surprised to know that her life meant so much to me. She was kind and giving and that spoke volumes to the people who knew her. Her life had made a difference and I suspect it was not until she arrived in Heaven that she really found out just how much!

     The Argentinean Juan Carlos Ortiz is a well-known world-wide evangelist whose mother had so wanted to be in fulltime ministry during her life. Instead she raised twelve children, all of whom are in fulltime ministry and enjoyed the love of a fulltime mother to hold them accountable for their behavior, demonstrating the love of Jesus to them throughout their childhood. His mother had no idea she was already in fulltime ministry during those years; she just did her best to be their mother. The result of her ministry to her family was a dozen committed workers for the Lord!

     We just never know what the net worth of our life here will be; but, if we live it as fully for the Lord as we can, we can be sure that there will be results that we have never even considered when the end of our own lifecycle comes!

     In Psalm 90, Moses wrote:

10 “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures… for they quickly pass, and we fly away. 12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 16 May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. 17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.”

****Have a great weekend!

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