May 22 2015

Verse for the Day: John 6:39-40 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

Throughout our lives there are times, events, days, even moments that are marked as milestones in our lives. Some of these milestones are the beginning of something new while others are the end of a long journey. And whether your milestones are just starting or the last day is near just remember you are never alone when you have the Lord in your life. During my life I have experienced mountain top highs where everything seemed so perfect and valleys so low I wondered if the light would ever shine again. And, as I look back on this journey called life, there is one thing I am certain of and that is that God’s prevenient love, mercy and grace has never left me. Whether I find myself starting a new journey or ending another, He has always been there for me and blessed me more than I ever imagine or deserve.  

For me personally I have or will be celebrating 3 new milestones in my life. The first is that I just turned 60 years old this week and next month I will celebrate 40 years of marriage with the most amazing, beautiful woman I know - my wife Joetta. But the newest and third milestone in my life ends and starts today as this is my last day working for my company after 18 years of service. So as one chapter ends a new one begins and that’s how life works. 

Over the last several weeks I started preparing for my last day in the office by slowly removing some personal items and taking them home. Each week someone would comment about my office looking different. And yesterday as I prepared to remove the remaining items one thing became very noticeable to me, the only things left to remove was family photographs and items that represented and reminded me of my faith.  Without really realizing it or actually planning it my office was telling a story of the things that are important in my life.

As I think about my journey over the last few weeks I can’t help but think that that is what was on Christ’s mind as He hung on the cross for our sins. John 19:25-27 25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. During His last days on earth prior to His crucifixion Jesus spent time with His family and closest friends and His faith in God gave Him the ability to finish what He came to do here. John 19:30 …..When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 

Every beginning here on earth will have a last day at some point in the future. The question is what will your last days be or look like. For me, while this is my last day of work with my company, it’s really the first day of the rest of my life. A life that I pray will only be a starting point full of many new milestones for serving the Lord. 

Whether you just are starting a new chapter in your life or it’s the last day of a long journey, ask yourself this question: What story do I want to tell? Or what will someone else tell about me? While we don’t know what our tomorrows hold we can know what our last day on this earth holds when we put our trust in the Lord. You can decide today where you will spend eternity. While the complete plan of getting to that last day may not be clear, the path is clear as we see in John 4:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. And look again at today scripture and God’s promise when we put our trust in Jesus “I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 

Jesus knew exactly what story He wanted to tell and where He would find Himself on his last day as a man on earth long before it ever happened. I pray you have prepared for your last day and chosen wisely where you will find yourself when you take your last breath on this earth, because your last day will last throughout eternity.