Fence Post of Faith---Oct 2009

“What about TOMORROW?”

We recently experienced and unexpected death of a friend of ours, she would have been 51 Oct 1.  They were your typical American family, we use to spend every Halloween at their house, they lived in a nice neighborhood to go trick &treating, when the kids would get back to the house from filling their sacks, they would spread their candy out and then trade. Funny how some things never change. Sometimes in life you never really know how much you value a friendship till it’s gone. One thing no one can take away from you is good memories. When you lose someone so quick, you hope that the last thing said to that person was something good.

  This got me to thinking about “What is the secret to living life positively and well?” Norman Vincent Peale once said in a personal tragedy was to “Forget, Forgive, and Live.” And then read this scripture from Philippians 3 13-14 “Forgetting the past and straining towards what is ahead, I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God Called me through Christ to the life above.” One of the hardest exercises known to man is to forget what has gone before. Our human tendency is to lug into today and tomorrow all things of yesterday. That’s why it’s so important to forget the past and forgive the moment.

I remember two men who had been lifetime friends had a falling out. They went to elaborate lengths to avoid each other. After several months, one of the men fell ill and was hospitalized. A mutual acquaintance persuaded the other to visit his old friend.  “But what do I say to him?” he protested.  “Don’t worry, “he was told, “Just act as if whatever had come between you were over, in the past, and forgotten. It worked. The minute the two men’s eyes met in the hospital, their friendship began anew, stronger than ever.

There is a healing in forgiveness. It mends broken relationships and makes everything new. The lord brings down a curtain of darkness each evening to shut off the day that is past and to get you ready for tomorrow. Did you ever stop to think of the goodness of the lord in doing that? Suppose you knew that this was your last day on earth. What would you do with this day? How would you spend the remaining hours of this last day? Answer that and you will have answered how you ought to live every day., wouldn’t you want to pack it full of  the greatest experiences-of love, goodness, fellowship, and everything good? Just as people brood over yesterday, they worry about tomorrow. But if you take care of today, tomorrow will take care of itself. So, forgetting those things that are behind, reach forward to those things that are ahead, remembering that your job is to be worthy so God will take care of you. Live well today and come to tomorrow in the strength of right thinking.

I want to leave you with a poem for all who have lost a love one:” Some people come into our lives and quickly go… some people become friends and stay awhile… leaving beautiful footprints on our hearts…and we are never quite the same because we have made a good friend. Yesterday is history, today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present”.

Adios Jeff Metcalf