My Anniversary

Russ Lawson

Unexpected Anniversary

Can you believe how quickly anniversaries roll around? I really hadn’t thought about this one coming… not that it was a surprise, I just didn’t think about it, however I have it marked in my calendar. Now I’m not suggesting that I want to celebrate or expect cards and such, because it is my one year anniversary of my nearly dying.

Yep, one year ago on March 21st I had a major heart attack. The heart specialist who worked on me said that I came very close to dying and if they had not worked on my quickly enough I would have died. For most of us who have been through this type of event, it generally of makes you take a look at your life and how you are living it.

Examining our lives

I’m sure you remember the story Jesus told in Luke 12:16-21 about the fellow who was satisfied with his life to the point he was gloating about his success. He was so successful that he was planning on building bigger buildings just to store his stuff.

I like the way a modern translation puts the story so I’ll share the last part of it here with you:

“Luke 12:19 Then I will say to myself, Lucky man! You have all the good things you need for many years. Take life easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself !’

Luke 12:20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night you will have to give up your life; then who will get all these things you have kept for yourself ? ‘ ”

Luke 12:21 And Jesus concluded, “This is how it is with those who pile up riches for themselves but are not rich in God’s sight.” (GNB)

 

Be ready for the unexpected

Now I remember very clearly not being afraid when my “near death event” happened. I prayed when they were wheeling me to the ambulance, “God, I’m ready to come and be with you, but if possible I’d like to stay around and be with my loved ones awhile longer.”

 

Take a closer look 

Of course after things settled down I began to take a look at my life and see some things I could do better at. No, I didn’t make a list of them, but I have been trying to be more like I think God would want me to be. Yes, at times I struggle just like you to do the right thing and say the right thing, but just like you, I am a work in progress.

John reminds us in 1 John 2:5:  “But in every man who keeps his word, the love of God is made complete. By this we may be certain that we are in him”. (BBE)

Now we know that no one can keep God’s word perfectly and never sin, (1 John 1:7-10), but God does expect us to make the effort. When we try our best, he takes up the slack and helps us across the rough patches by His Grace. You see, that’s what I am doing with my “Second chance” at life. I am doing my best and letting God’s grace fill in the spots where I fail.

So how are you doing with the life God has given you… sometimes OK and sometimes not so good? If that’s you, you are perfectly normal…. Just make sure you are doing your best to do the right thing according to his word.

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