Acts 13:36 “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:”
Thinking on just what people will say at our funerals might be a morbid thought to some; but as a goal, living toward that day is engaging to say the least. How you and I live affects so many other lives. If we truly take to heart that with some people, we may only have one opportunity.
A small conversation in a grocery line, at the gas pump or talking across the fence to our neighbor; we all have opportunities every single day to affect a life. Did you walk out of the door prepared to be a witness for the hope within you – or will others feel the sting of a uncaffeinated grump?
One sour comment can utterly ruin a good conversation. One ill-timed, off color comment can derail a movement to accepting truth. If we want people to remember us as loving, kind and forgiving; we must strive to be loving, kind and forgiving more than any other thing the see or experience in our life.
I find that only my loving, Heavenly Father can love all people. There are just some people who rub me the wrong way; make my spirit on edge or are just plain contentious. My shortcoming in this area should not and cannot be my excuse as a failure to try: I must grow beyond my limitations.
To use one of David’s many failures to utterly discount his life would be unfair. We must sanctify the memories of those gone before to glean from them all that we can. Taking the good with the bad allows our own humanity open to the possibility that God can use me just like He used a David, a Moses or a Paul.
Today is a clean slate. What you and I bring to God to offer as usable is up to us. A yielded life; a selfless life gives God the room to fill us with Himself, guide us in His way and ultimately gain eternal rewards for doing so. Paul said:
Philippians 3:14 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Did Paul fail? Did David make a mess of things? Did Moses question his own abilities? Of course they did. But what we can take away from each is their stedfast desire to please their Father.
Would my Father approve of my choices today? Would He approve yours?
“We are called to be thermostats, not thermometers – affecting our environment, not reflecting it.” – Charles R. Hembree