If we could just remember that life begins with "dust" and ends with "dust," while the soul goes rushing off to the One who gave it, death sure would be a lot easier to handle. It's odd how we cling to this life with everything we've got, as if this life is where we find our rewards and our Joy. It's sad how we hold on to the ones that have gone before us as if it's "unfair" that their spirit went rushing into the arms of Jesus before we were ready to let go. Some people spend the rest of their lives memorializing a loved one that departed sooner than they expected...but when the spirit goes rushing off to the One who knew them BEFORE they were ever born, it's a beautiful thing to Celebrate and not a "curse" to talk about until we return to dust. Returning to "dust" is hard on the ones left behind, that's for sure...but the minute the dust settles the spirit of the one we mourn is already in the arms of Jesus to live for all eternity. Only God knows when the day comes that He'll call each one of us Home - until that time we live this life to the Fullest and we strive to know HIM better than anybody else we know!
Who knows why the One who gave us life calls us Home when He does? Who knows why some "die" young and some "die" old? Who knows why some "die" a miserable death while others just "die" in their sleep? Who knows why some take life into their own hands and they "return to dust" when they're ready? We don't have the answer to any of those questions but we DO know one thing for sure....the body may return to the dust but the SPIRIT NEVER DIES. The One who made a life out of dust and who gives the spirit its Home already knew when the last day would come and He already knew how it would end. Although we're always caught off guard when the dust returns to dust...we also know that the One to give Life has good reason to call them Home...even if we weren't ready....and the REAL comfort comes through knowing that they didn't really "die" at all! The biggest part of us will live FOREVER, and life just begins after the dust returns to dust. The Promise of Heaven is a Gift...and all the details in between dust is the Journey to prepare us for Home. When you look at it that way, we understand that everything in between the dust is Preparation for forever, and sting of death isn't nearly as painful as it is when we long for the dust to return.
God has given you this day and everything in it! Work like its your last with joy as if its your first!
If it all belongs to Him, why are we living as if it belongs to us? Are you being a good Asset Manager? How we perceive MONEY impacts every area of life! It's time to BREAK THE CHAINS...for the love of God!