Church Chat

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Death Is Nothing At All

“Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well."

Henry Scott Holland

Friday, March 03, 2006

Why Not Be Excited???

Lately, I’ve been just a bit frustrated. I can’t understand why more people aren’t excited about Christ. I don’t understand why some of the people I know don’t understand the greatness of God, and I don’t know why they aren’t living the life they were meant to live. From what I can tell, too many people are drifting through life waiting for something to happen. From where I stand, this relaxed effort to either know Christ or not know Him is just not aggressive enough. I get annoyed, and at the same time filled with passion, by these people that choose drifting instead of running full-force into the arms and path of Christ. I mean, seriously, what’s the deal? What is it you don’t understand? Is it that someone could love you enough to die for you? Is it that you can’t get past yourself and move into the view God has for you? It could be that you hear a voice telling you that it’s impossible for someone to care about you that much and find you to be the most breathtakingly beautiful thing on this planet. I mean, I was once there. I didn’t think I could believe it to be true, nor did I find myself to be all that great. I’m not, and that’s the thing. God still finds me breathtaking with my flaws hanging on me. He never said to wait and run to Him when I was good and ready, He wanted me to run full force just as I am, with a sprained ankle n’ all. I don’t physically have a sprain, but emotionally or spiritually, I could have. Right now, my desire to see more lost souls found is exceedingly great. My skin crawls when I think of someone I love not going to heaven because of unbelief or not really knowing what to believe. Why does it seem like faith is so hard for some, but not for others? The truth is that faith is hard for every person, it’s just looked at in a different light by all who try it. You don’t need much faith to believe in Christ, but once you harness that mustard seed of faith, you really soar beyond limits you never fathomed possible. Jesus is so worth experiencing a little faith. I get so excited when I think of my Savior. He fills me beyond human limits and my cup runneth over! Imagine a life full of hope, possibilities, blessings, and love. You are constantly filled with God’s joy no matter what crosses the path you’re running on. The worst of the worst could happen, but it doesn’t matter because you know that God is always there. He always comforts, always has hope, He never fails! Now, imagine a life without that. It’s pretty dark and I don’t even want to be there. Why would anyone else want to hold on to nothing like that? What is so attractive about nothing? That’s just it. The illusion of nothing is quite gripping and deceiving. Sometimes I can’t wait for heaven because earth is frustrating! I want to be used to help make a difference in people’s lives, and I know that He is using me. I also know that patience is NOT one of my strong points. I want people saved NOW!!! I need to always hang on to the joy and hope of the Lord and realize that His glory is His own, and His timing is just that, too. Ah, I know I’ll get to be a part of His plans, cause I already am. I just get so frustrated with people because He is so good, and I have a hard time with accepting that some choose the nothing over Him. It’s a harsh reality, but I also know that I cannot accept it or let it defeat me. God wins this whole thing, and I know that. He is glory and majesty, and someday ALL will see that!