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Life interrupted.

May 31, 2016

    A guarantee is unique in its claim.  Break the tool, take it back to the right store and you'll get a new one. If the blender stops working just return it for a full refund. This auto is warrantied for 100,000 miles or 10 years.

Life is different.  

    Yesterday, we returned home to visit my mom and have a family Memorial day gathering. I took the opportunity to walk around the homestead and journey through some of the sheds filled with farm equipment, parts, and general stuff. It is stuff my dad collected over a lifetime of farm auctions and leisure rides throughout the countryside. Dad was a "picker" before the TV show made it cool to do so. Dad was always looking for the next 'big find' to drag home!  As I wandered through the 'red building' I saw this.

I stopped and wondered what dad had fixed, what he had caulked, what he had planned to do with the remaining product in the tube. He carefully placed it back in the crate to be used another day. Another day never came for him. This stuff has been lying in the same place since before October 24, 2001. Life interrupted tends to sidetrack future plans, it stops realization of dreams and goals, and it leaves in its wake unfinished business. Much of the stuff I looked at hasn't been moved since dad left that sunny Wednesday morning. 

    We continue to plan this and that and one day, all of our plans will stop. Unfinished projects will wait for another to come behind and complete them. Our lives will all be interrupted and the earthly experience will cease. But, God's great love allows it to be so that our soul continues to live on and God specifically desires we live eternally with Him. The most important plan we can consider is what we do with Jesus Christ. Accepting him as our Savior and Lord ensures an eternal guarantee that will never expire or become void....Ever!

    I have confidence in dad having made the most important 'big find' in his life and that was accepting Jesus as his Lord. While our earthly lives will be interrupted, our eternal souls will rejoice in communion with our Creator and Redeemer. Today, let's make our plans, let's set our goals and dream dreams, let's live with purpose. In all the planning however, let's make sure we have set Jesus as the Savior and Redeemer of our souls so that when our life is interrupted, it really won't be.  

The New Testament writer James points toward God's will as the defining factor in our plans and dad, who would often say, "Lord willing and creek don't rise, I'll do it." would have agreed.

 

        "Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on

        business and make money. ”Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your

        life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If

        it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15, NIV)

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