5.11.2013

Time is not promised


'Time is elusive, untouchable, and incomprehensible.  Yet the one thing we can know for certain about it is: it's not promised.'
- Paige Omartian

Last Sunday, I was able to attend the remembrance celebration memorial of Joshua Steven Eddy, a young man who fell into a river and drowned last May 5th.  It was a beautiful day, being able to spend time with the family he left behind and all of his friends.  We had a very intimate, personal time of sharing memories of Josh.  It was fascinating to see how many people's lives had been touched by this young man.  He left behind a legacy.  He left behind a mark in this world.  And everything about him and who he was, points directly to Christ.

I didn't know Josh super well.  I wish I had.  But through everything I've heard about him from his family and close friends, I feel like I did.  Someone said this about him on Sunday: 'If there are two things that I could say about Josh, they would be 1- that he lived his life for the glory of God. 2- that he lived life to the fullest, he took chances, he lived in the moment.'

This is something I've been pondering lately.  And James 4:14 talks about how we do not know what our life will be like tomorrow.  'You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.'  Life is fleeting, dear readers.  Life is not promised.  

As young people, we have the tendency to think that we're invincible.  That we have all the time in the world to figure things out or to make everything right in our lives.  It's a miracle that you're alive today, right now.  Have you ever thought of that?  

Every second that we live is for a reason.  Every breath you take is only confirmation that there is something left for you to do.  Your life is not an accident.  Your heart is beating for a purpose.  You have been handpicked to complete a certain goal.  Your life was chosen...and it is precious in the sight of God.

There are so many people fighting for their lives today.  Human slaves, cancer patients, orphans living in the streets.  Every day, they are fighting for something better, something healing.  Or asking God to just let them die so they can end the misery they're living in.  But there are so many good, healthy, stable people out there who are sitting at home, just watching TV - when they could be doing something life-changing.  Something challenging.  Something amazing.
This doesn't make sense.  How could one person be fighting for their life, while the other is just throwing it away?

We need to wake up to this reality.  To the apathy that so many of us are sleepwalking in.  We need to realize the passiveness in our motives and become unblinded to the incredible adventure that God wants us to live.  He is calling each of us to something new and amazing that He desires to awaken our souls to see.  

You don't have a second to waste.

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Other honorary posts for Josh:

4 comments:

  1. Great reflection, this often happens to me too when I attend a believer's burial. We all need to come out sleepwalking and live to pleasure God and serve our generations.

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  2. Dear Raquel, so good to know you through your profile on the blogger. I am gald to stop by yoou blog "God's Daughter" and the post on it of dated 11th May 2013 "Time is not promised" It is a touching story and this young man who is no more but the legacy he has left and is going to be passed on and the impact he made on the lives of others because of Christ will remain unforgatable. Well thank you for sharing such stories through your blog. I am in the Pastoral ministry for last 33 yrs in the great city of Mumbai a city with great contrast where richest of the rich and the poorest of poor live. We reachout to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted and give them new life, hope,future and purpose. We also encourage young people like you as well as adults to come on a short term missions trip to work with us. We would love to have you come with your friends to work with us on a short term missions trip. My email id is: dheankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. I will try to contact you through your email too.

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  3. "We need to wake up to this reality. To the apathy that so many of us are sleepwalking in. We need to realize the passiveness in our motives and become unblinded to the incredible adventure that God wants us to live."

    Uh-huh. That's exactly right. So much truth in this post. Thankyou, Raquel.

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  4. BEAUTIFUL. That's pretty much all I have to say. This was such a great reminder that we need to live this life for God, and live in the moment we are given. Beautiful Raquel, just plain beautiful <3

    ~Molly~
    mollyslittlecorner.blogspot.com

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