Russ Ray

Trying to become more like Jesus

The thief in the night

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Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.—1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 (NIV)

Last weekend, our family took a trip to the Smoky Mountains… not for fun or vacation, but to convince my father-in-law who lives near there to go to the hospital. He’s been in failing health for the past month, and it all came to a head on Sunday. When my wife and sister-in-law got to the hospital with him, they basically said that his potassium levels were so high and his heart rate was so low that he should have had a heart attack and died.

He went to the hospital, and he’s alive today.

If he had sat on the couch Sunday afternoon and watched football, we would be planning his funeral right now and making travel arrangements.

I’ve had close loved ones pass away before (my mom even died when I was 14), so I understand the frailty of life, but almost all of those deaths occurred after a protracted health condition. It struck me yesterday as we were driving back home that he could have been gone that quickly.

James 4:14 warns about boasting about tomorrow. “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” And yet, most people live like tomorrow will rectify the mistakes of today. Fewer live like there is no tomorrow.

Are you living like there is no tomorrow?

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