For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:a time to be born, and a time to die. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
I was just thinking about the ups and downs of life. Each time we gather as a body of believers, we have some who are filled with excitement and joy and others who are dealing with heartache and trials. Some weeks you get to celebrate the birth of a baby (like Hazel Mae Heltman) and grieve the deaths of faithful believers (like Attis Smith and James Gayle Smith). Even in the same family, there are often reasons for rejoicing and being filled with concern at the same time. For example, the Rayford’s were able to celebrate the salvation and baptism of their daughter (Abigail) and be concerned for their younger daughter’s (Sophia) surgery all in the same week.
As believers, we are invited to, “ Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). It is a blessing to see the church celebrate when appropriate (when somebody trusts in the Lord) and comfort those who are going through difficult times (like death or illness). May God help each of us to be both encouraging and compassionate as we seek to love and minister to those around us.
On a holiday like Mother’s Day, there are mothers who are filled with joy over the blessing of being a mother and there are ladies who are mourning over their inability to have a baby. There are those who are saddened because they miss their mother and some mothers who are disheartened by the disappointment of not seeing their children on Mother’s Day. We always want to be sensitive to different emotions.
I am regularly reminded of the importance of living each day with gratitude and never taking life and health for granted. We never know when a phone call, a bad Dr’s report, or an unexpected tragedy can change everything. It is so important to live with an eternal perspective. While life can be very uncertain, we can be sure that eternal life (in heaven or hell) is completely certain. Don’t put off having gospel conversations with people you know, love, or even just encounter in life. Eternity is too important!
This week, I had the privilege of meeting Ms. Margaret Goley. She really loves Burlington Baptist and wanted to share her love for you. I have been regularly reminded that Burlington Baptist has a rich heritage of godly saints. As many members get older and some graduate on to glory, there are lots of big shoes to fill in regards to carrying on the work of the Lord.
As a church, we have been given lots of examples of faithful servants. If you have an opportunity, take some time to visit some of our older members and let them share their stories about God’s faithfulness. Invite them to give you some advice for godly living and then thank them for their faithful service. For some of us, it is our time to step up and live our lives as a godly example for the younger generations. Is it your turn?
Bro Harold