Are You Prepared?

Someone I follow on Instagram recently shared this quote:

You only live once? False. You live everyday. You only die once.”

Pretty powerful truth right there.

Does that truth change your perspective about life – or death? Does the reality hit you that one day you will run out of second and third chances to make things right with family members, coworkers, neighbors, friends, or God? 

Once this life is over – it’s over. Maybe you are one of those people who isn’t concerned about what happens later on because you think – when that happens you won’t have to worry  about any of those people OR about God  because you’ll be dead. Pardon the bluntness, but how else do I put it?

I don’t know what it will be like after I take my last breath, but I do know this  – I want to be prepared.

I believe that what we do now determines what it will be like after our heart stops beating. Why? Because the Bible tells us that the choices we make on earth determines where we will be next.

This isn’t intended to preach at anyone  or be a judgmental article. It’s something I’ve been thinking about regarding my own life after reading the above quote. The older I become,  the closer I am to that day when my tomorrows on this earth will end, so I have to ask myself – am I prepared?

None of this is new. If you were brought up in a church, go to church, or even read FB posts or memes  about God, then you already know what I’m going to say.

In a nutshell, I believe we have to have faith – as in believing in the One who can provide everything we need in this life and beyond. Believe. We need to forgive others – even when it’s hard. We must take the time to check the  heart – and be willing to let Him get rid of things like bitterness, jealousy, selfishness, and so on.  Be humble and ask for forgiveness. Love others. Love. Last, seek to do His will, not your own.

Here’s why…

Mark 11:25  “and whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Matthew 6:14-15  “for if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses.”

Romans 10:9 “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Mark 12:30-31  “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my father who is in heaven.”

Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Psalm 139: 23-24 “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Life is hard, and I think some might look at the above and think it’s impossible to add anything else to their life. Here’s the thing – God Loves you, and thankfully he doesn’t expect perfection. In that case  – none of us would be going to heaven.

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