Tuesday, October 28, 2008

When There Is No Tomorrow

Memory Verse: Ecclesiastes 1:13-14
I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under
heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! I have seen all the things that
are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Please try to learn our memory verse this week. We will be sharing a new verse every week and hope that you will store them in your hearts and find a special joy in His words.

Intro: When There’s No Tomorrow. (Marketing credit: Mercury)

Please listen to the song [I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me]. Imagine you’re standing before God. There’s no Tomorrow, you can’t go back and finish up what you had planned on getting to sometime in the future. What was that thing that you planned on getting to, that thing that now, you’re standing before God and thinking “I wish I had gotten to that…”?

Assignment: We only have today. Should God take you today, have you accomplished everything that you wanted to, needed to. Have you said all the things that needed to be said? Let’s have no regrets, let’s make sure we get to those things, so that when we’re standing before the Lord, the only thing we need to do is to worship him.. and not regret not getting to that thing on our to do list. Stop - go take care of that thing…. then, come tell us what you choose to share. Don’t embarrass yourself or any of your loved ones

Picture ideas: Be creative, go photograph something that “REPRESENTS” tomorrow. We can’t photograph time.. but we have ways of “showing” time in images.. how do you see “tomorrow”. This might be the only thing you choose to share about if you can’t publicly share what you needed to get done, and that’s alright too. Some things are just too personal.

I've tried to live my life so as to not have any regrets. Quite honestly, I think I'll be so awestruck to be standing before my Lord and King that I won't think of regrets immediately. I know that I do and will continue to mourn for those in my life who do not understand my faith in Jesus. Unless they have had a similar change of heart, they really can't understand mine. There have been times that I've felt led to speak out and haven't been as bold as I should. But God is forgiving, and I know that He has accepted my repentant heart.

There are some things I've thought of that I hope I get to do or see before I die or before Christ returns, but in comparison with eternity, they are insignificant.

  • I would like to see my children grow to adulthood.
  • I would like to have grandchildren.
  • I would like to visit the east coast of the United States.
  • I would like to visit Australia.

Like I said, the things I'd really like to do pale when comared to eternal life with Christ.

"Pues, para mí, el vivir es Cristo y el morir es ganancia."

Filipenses 1:21

Philippians 1:21

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain!"

Would I really regret anything? I certainly hope not! I do tend to procrastinate, so there are a couple of things I should "take care of", but only one of those things really has any lasting significance...one of the men of the village, Luis, asked me about a week ago to bring him a Bible. He said that he likes to read and has free time to sit and read during the day, but all he has to read are (icky) magazines. (I can't help but think he could probably find something else to read if he really wanted to.) BUT that's beside the point. He has asked for a Bible, so I really need to get one to him. I put it in my van this morning so that the next time I drive past the Super, I can drop it off. After I've done that, I can't think of anything else I would regret!

**Missionary note: One of our desires as missionaries is to be able to give Bibles to anyone who asks for one. We were blessed this past summer with a case of Bibles to share. Praise God! Continue to pray that God would provide Spanish Bibles and also that He would lead us to those who truly hunger for His word.**

I can't put photos on today (just one of those technical difficulties), but if I could, I would put a picture of me snuggling one of my friends' new babies. Until I have grandbabies of my own, I'll love on the babies around me!!! A baby is just such a bundle of potential -- so many tomorrows packed in such a tiny package!!!

Click here to get around to it!


Sombra said...

Well, when Luis gets that Bible in his hands, that' exactly the kind of thing I hoped for with this assignment.. nothing earth shattering.. but something meaningful.. Oh thank you for being there for Luis.. and tell him Hola from su amiga Sombra... tell him no habla Espanole, comprende um poquito (ya, and I can't write it either..)

Mrs. Sombra
BFS Teacher

Rebecca said...

Don't worry, Sombra! Most of the folks around here don't write it either!!! ;^) I'll see if I can't get a photo of Luis. He's a pretty funny ol' guy!

Pray for him -- he is a "non-practicing Catholic", which means he's pretty moral, drinks too much beer and hopes that his good works will outweigh the bad and he'll make it to heaven when he dies.

mommyof5 said...

You said: A baby is just such a bundle of potential -- so many tomorrows packed in such a tiny package!!!
I love how you put that into words. It is so true.

Sheri said...

What a lovely post. I think that is awesome that you are able to get folks the Bible. Funny how we, as Americans, bellyache for this and that and most folks in the world,
just want something as beautifully simple as the Bible. Awesome.
Blessings to you and yours.

MrsMomma said...

I enjoyed your post very much. Thank you for sharing!

Kela said...

Well said. The Lord prompts me alot to do things that are out of my comfort zone. My response is to be obedient because I know that a wonderful bleesing is on the other side.
Thank you for responding to my post. I'm adding your blog to my feeds. It's wonderful.
BTW, I absolutely love coffee :)