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Wedding Day

Wedding Day

There are times when I wonder how committed we are to God’s plans for us. I know that sounds weird for a pastor to say. My question does not come from the time I spend with the people of Shoreline or Valdosta. This isn’t a passive-aggressive statement with anyone in particular in mind. I want to become the follower Jesus knows I can be.

Time is of the essence, and none of us has as many days as we think we do. I read a tweet about a woman in Connecticut who met the love of her life. They met in a swing dance class in 2015. He proposed to her on December 23, 2016. She said yes. They got married on December 22, 2017. The 31yr. old psychologist died of breast cancer 18 hours after their wedding.

Her husband proposed to her on the same day she got her diagnosis of the aggressive form of cancer. After they heard from the doctor, he wanted her to know she wasn’t in this fight alone. They fought the cancer…hard. She wanted to get married and spend the rest of her life with him. She did.

It may have been the image of her in a wedding dress, hooked up to IVs in a hospital bed, wearing an oxygen mask that got my attention. But it was her arms raised in victory that moved me. She knew what she wanted, and she didn’t back down from pursuing it.

Do you know what you want? Do you want to be a better friend? Spouse? Co-worker? Citizen? Follower of Jesus? We did that sermon series already, by the way.

If you do know what you want, are you actively working on it? I know that God is not done with any of us. Up until our final breath, God can do something with us. We may have something profound to say. We may be able to leave a legacy in those last days that lives long after we do…like a victory photo in a hospital bed.

I firmly believe there is a word that God has for us. I believe God wants to do something with our lives…some impact that must be done through us. If we still ourselves and listen, we will hear what His message is. Then, we must act. We must follow through.

Our determination will ensure God’s will is done. For us, we must decide if our faith really matters, or if it just sounds like a good idea. We are not alone in this fight, and I, for one, want to go out of this life with my arms raised in victory to the roaring applause of my Heavenly father. How about you?

Blessings to you,

Joe

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