Losing “Good” People
Today while scrolling Instagram, I saw post after post from many who can’t wait for 2016 to be over. Some even cursed 2016 out. People are mad at all the “good” people referring to celebrities who died in 2016; Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, Prince, Natalie Cole, Tommy Ford, Muhammad Ali and a host of others. They’ve had enough of losing “good” people. As a result, they’re ready for 2016 to be over so that all the dying can stop.
Death Is Coming To All
I put “good” in quotes because the Bible tells us in Romans 3:10, “There is no one righteous, no not one.” Guess what, “good” people will die in 2017. As a matter of fact, 2017 could be a year of even more loss than 2016. Death is coming to all of our doorsteps. Death is no respecter of persons. It doesn’t care about our status.
Hell Is A Very Real Place
The other common thread I saw on Instagram regarding death is the sentiment that God must’ve needed another angel and that is why so many “good” lives were lost. Unfortunately, everyone that dies isn’t going to Heaven. Hell is a very real place.
Never Came Home
Looking back on 2016, I have no qualms about it at all. I’m not mad at it, I’m not cursing it out and I’m not ready for it to be over because it’s been too much and I can’t take it anymore. Death came to my doorstep in September when I lost my mother. We had no idea she was severely ill until she went to the ER and never came home. She was gone in less than thirty days.
We Will See Her Again
I guess I could be mad at that and curse 2016 out because of it, but I’m not. My mother is in Heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sure, her presence is missed on earth, however, those of us who know the Lord have a promise we will see her again.
This Moment Is It
None of us will live on this earth forever. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Proverbs 27:1 reminds us of that fact; “Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.” This moment is it. It’s all we have. It’s all that’s promised to us therefore, we ought to live with an awareness of this fact.
As 2016 comes to a close, I’m happy to be in the land of the living. Was it an easy year? No, yet, I’m thankful for every test, trial, challenge and tribulation I faced. Did all of it feel good? Absolutely not! Some of it hurt like hell. Some of it almost destroyed me. I was angry at much of it yet I’m still here, still standing with joy in my soul and peace in my heart. The best part of it all is I’m closer to God than I ever was before.
Shows It’s True Colors
I like the way James 1:2-4 tells us to look at the tests and challenges in our lives; “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
Work Together For My Good
Should God spare my life to enter 2017, I look forward to whatever he has in store for me. I’m grateful I don’t have to enter a New Year alone. He promises never to leave me or forsake me. He promises to supply all of my needs and he tells me that no matter which way the wind blows or what happens in 2017, all of it will work together for my good. That gives me peace.
Something to think about…
What say you? How was your 2016? Are you mad at it? Are you ready for it to be over?
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