A time for everything.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot.
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV)
A sweet goodbye.
Larry was born June 5, 1939 and he left this earthy world on June 7.
Larry and Shirley had said their goodbyes. They had completed their journey together on this earth. When he breathed his last breath with his wife urging him on, he most definitely was welcomed into eternity by his Lord.
Saturday was a time for tears.
A time for mourning.
It was a time to die. It was a time heal. It was time to war and fight to the end.
It was a time for peace for Larry to be in his Father’s embrace. It was a time for Shirley to release, to let go, to surrender her beloved of 53 years.
A legacy of significance.
May the legacy we leave be one of significance of the way we lived and the way we died. Will we have regrets? Some, I’m sure.
Have you loved with your heart and passion? Have you made amends to those God has given you the responsibility? Have you hugged a loved one today?
I hope if you haven’t found your significance in your life, you search and find it.
You can find and search for your significance anywhere and in anything. My prayer though, is you search it in God, who has always been waiting for you. He has been patient, wanting you to come to Him.
Larry found his significance many years ago by an unlikely man who delivered mail to his house everyday. Larry was lost and aimless and found his true meaning of his own life that one day, when his mailman shared salvation in a very simple way.
Significance is in the person of Jesus.
Salvation in Jesus.
It’s not so difficult. It’s really very easy to acknowledge what Jesus has done. He died, to save me and save you.
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)
The simple part is you just have to say yes. For Larry it was just that simple. The hard part is giving yourself up. It’s the one time you give up and surrender to Jesus. And it’s in the everyday you give up and surrender to Jesus. But it’s worth it.
I know that’s what Larry would be telling you today. It’s worth the giving up of self to spend eternity with the Creator.
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NIV)
Larry set free.
Yesterday on our motorcycle, I had a vision of Larry. He loved motorcycles and maybe it was the freedom he felt on the ride, the joy of Shirley behind him, or the thrill of the motor and power cursing through him.
Feeling the wind on my face after a day of melancholy, sadness and tears, a smile beamed on my face. It was uncontrollable. I couldn’t contain the joy and peace.
I could see Larry in heaven, smiling and laughing. He was jumping up and down and yelling at the top of his lungs. He wasn’t in pain. His memory was intact. He was forgiven and finally set free. He was waving his arms and urging others to join him.
“Shirley, you won’t believe this! It’s even better than we thought. Hurry! I can’t wait for you to join me!”
And yelling to his family. “You guys gotta come here and see this! You don’t want to miss out! Come join me when you can!”
Journey the search with someone else.
Larry’s waiting. If you’re on the fence, decide today. If you still can’t figure it out, find someone who has and ask them to journey with you and help you to find the answers and find your significance.
It’s time to leave a legacy worth living for and worth dying for.
What is your legacy?
For the first part of the story go To See God Face to Face.