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Now is the time for mourning

Pr. 5:11:  “And you mourn at last, when your flesh and your body are consumed.”

Sometimes we continue on a path of sin even though we know better.  Sometimes, even though we’ve been warned and cautioned by others to refrain, we continue to imbibe.  It’s not just you.  We’ve all done it.

Let me encourage you today; however, to stop.  Whatever sinful activity you know you’re entertaining or currently undertaking, simply stop.  Put on the brakes and say, “Today is the that day it stops.”

Don’t wait until it has gone so far that your ‘flesh and your body are consumed.’  Don’t let the time of consequences be your mourning point.

I came by to remind you today that Jesus Christ died to free you from your sins.  He did not leave you helpless, to be bound by sin.  He died to provide you freedom.  He died to provide freedom for those around you.

Let’s not wait and mourn when the consequences of sin have gotten to the point of consuming us.  Let’s mourn now for any separation we have from God.  Let’s let that mourning draw us back to Him.  Let’s mourn now for the lost souls around us, and let’s do something about it.

We have a bigger purpose on this earth than fulfilling the lusts of the flesh.  We have a gospel to preach.  What better way to preach than with the example of our lives?  When we tell others the sinful places and activities from which God has brought us, and the love He continues to have for us and for them, we are fulfilling our purpose.

Stopping today gives you a testimony that is real and that can be used for His purpose.  Mourning now will motivate you to mourn for others around you, and inspire you to share the reality of that same grace and forgiveness that was offered for you.

Now is the time to mourn.

Grieving,

jamie

What legacy will you leave?

Pr. 3:35:  “The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.”

I remember reading this verse 3 months ago, just days after my great-uncle Clifford passed away.  He was 95.  As I read this verse, I felt so grateful as I thought about the inheritance he was receiving and of the legacy he was leaving behind.  He was the patriarch of our family and his passing left a large void in our world.  His life; however, left us peace.

During a time of mourning, we were able to rejoice in the fact that he was welcomed by his Heavenly Father.  He loved and respected the Lord and he left a legacy of faith, loyalty, integrity, and honor.

I recently heard about one young girl who has now given her heart to the Lord based on the life my great-uncle lived.  This happened after his passing.  He left such a legacy of faith behind him that even after he was gone lives were still being touched.  Not only did Uncle Clifford inherit glory, but he lived in a way that will ensure the same for others.

What will be your legacy?  What will be mine?  We do not know which moment will be our last.  The example we’re setting now is the one that matters.  What we do matters.  Our decisions are not isolated to ourselves.  We may only be thinking of our own eternal inheritance when we’re making decisions, but the truth is our decisions are affecting others now and will be the legacy we leave behind.

Our lives could be the ones that cause others to choose Jesus even after we’re gone, or they could be the ones that continue to keep people from Him.  Is there anything we need to change?  Don’t wait.  Let’s do it today!

Seeking wisdom,

jamie