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Do You Think About Death?

Death has an adverse effect whenever it makes its intrusive appearance.  We know it is coming for all of us.  But when it comes, it is never welcomed. 

In the course ministering to the surviving family members in the time of the death of a loved one, it is clear to me that there is never a good time for death to come.  If a person dies at a young age, the question is asked, “Why so young?” If a person lives to an old age, some will state that they don’t understand why their loved one had to struggle with declining health for so long.   If death comes suddenly, then we hear, “How very sad that he/she was snatched away so quickly.” 

The reality is that we hate the separation of death, the cessation of life here, and sometimes the isolation and loneliness death brings.  I have listed below articles about death from an evangelist, politician, and a football coach for your consideration. Each of these speaks of their understanding that life here will give way to live everlasting.

Thousands came to faith in Christ through Moody’s meetings. As he approached the end of his life, he viewed Heaven as something to anticipate. Moody wrote:

“Someday you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal—a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body. I was born of the flesh in 1837. I was born of the Spirit in 1856. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit will live forever.”  (Copied).

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Every Christian that has invested his life in eternity can share that attitude toward Heaven.

When John Quincy Adams was eighty years old, a friend said, “How is John Quincy Adams?”

He replied, “John Quincy Adams himself is very well, thank you; but the house he lives in is sadly dilapidated. It is tottering on its foundations. The walls are badly shattered, and the roof is worn. The building trembles with every wind. And I think that John Quincy Adams will have to move out of it before long. But he himself is very well.”  (Copied).

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The famous and very successful football coach Bear Bryant often told reporters, “I’d croak in a month if I quit coaching.” After twenty-five years as the head coach at his alma mater, Bryant announced he would be stepping down at the end of the season. On December 29, 1982, he coached his Alabama football team for the last time in the Liberty Bowl against Illinois. On January 26, 1983, he died of a massive heart attack.

Every one of us needs a reason to live—a compelling cause and purpose that keeps us going when we would rather quit. We all face obstacles that hinder us and make life difficult. Some people allow those obstacles to stop them. Others overcome. The difference is not in the obstacles, but in the determination and drive of the person who faces the obstacles.  (Copied).