Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Leave a Path

This past Sunday was the last week of the 30 Days to Live series. And it was great. Everything came together. After we die, what will people say about us? What will they say when they stand over your casket at your funeral? Will they talk about what a nice person you were? How witty your sense of humor was? How fashionable you were? That's great. But what kind of path have you really left behind for people to follow?

Bro. Kevin said that the last time he and his family (his wife and at the time 3 daughters, they have a son now) were at the beach his children taught him a lesson. They were walking in the surf, the girls trailing behind. They started giggling and Bro. Kevin turned to ask them what was so funny. They were jumping from footprint to footprint and said "we're walking in your footprints, daddy!' Out of the mouths of babes. Bro. Kevin was humbled and was reminded that little eyes are watching everything we do. One of my greatest fears is that I haven't been a good enough role model for my little sister. She's 16 and starting now all the choices she makes could affect her for the rest of her life. If she looks up to me, what kind of choices will she make?

Set your bar high for moral excellence. Psalm 84:11 says "No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who do what is right." We all know right from wrong. We just have to make the decision to do it. Always keep your guard up on your self control. Tone your self control like you would tone your body. 1 Corinthians compares self control to just that: "Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air, but I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified." It just takes one little mistake to ruin your witness or reputation. Always keep your guard up because again, someone is always watching.

If you're a Christian, people should see you, hear you, and KNOW it. You shouldn't have to announce it. If you have to wear a t-shirt with some silly Christian logo on it for people to know you're a Christian, you're messing up somewhere.

The point of the whole sermon was that we will all leave a path after we die whether we mean to or not. A path for our children, spouses and loved ones. Where will your path lead them?

1 comment:

  1. That is such a true statement! I remember attending the funeral of a very close friend of ours..and the preacher talked about this very same subject. This particular lady had left such an impression on everyone she came into contact with..she was an inspiring witness..even in death. Thats definately the way I'd like to be remembered!! Such an inspiration!

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