Well I may well learn, but somehow the statement I read on Facebook today seems way too true.
It said: “Been there done that. Then been there done that several more times because apparently I never learn!”
That’s the way I feel here late on a bank holiday evening trying to think what my thoughts are at this point in time. Last week felt like it lasted forever but flew by so quick I hardly had a chance to play catch up from jet-lag.
Sadly I’ve been back too long to blame my tired on that. So I played a bit of catch up on the rest since it was a bank holiday, well that is after moaning to the lad at the garage about my 8am appointment to which I was soundly put in my place as he reminded me that he’d been there since 7.30 already. So much for the Holiday feeling.
But from the other side of the Pond I got lots of reminders that it was Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have served in the military and to reflect on those who died in various battles throughout many wars that have taken place in the past couple of hundred years. I know that for us Remembrance Sunday is a ways off, but the comments that I have read were reminders to me of how short life really is for way too many.
Life is short and fragile, the illnesses that beset so many that can make life a struggle day to day. I know we all know folk that struggle in ways that all we can do is pray. But what should the end look like?
In 2 Timothy 4:6-8 Paul said to Timothy: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
The key to this it seems to me is that we need these reminders of the shortness of life so that we like Paul can be content when our time comes that we have lived life to the full, or as Paul worded it here: “I have fought the good fight.”
I guess I want to know at the end of the day that my life mattered at some level, I think this should be true of all of us. I like the idea of a ‘crown of righteousness’ being given to me for doing what I should do, but I’m glad it isn’t just for Paul or me, but for all that love the appearing of Jesus when the time comes.
Now there will be a day of remembering lives lived, lives perhaps that seemed lost, but lives redeemed by Jesus in such a way that they have been lived to the full so that when the end comes the testimony is they will receive the blessing of the righteous judge.
When my end comes, on my stone I want ‘He ate what was set before him, he was daft, but he loved Jesus’.
I’ll explain that some other time.
Rev. Jon Bergen
Brechin Baptist Fellowship