Sunday July 31, 2011
Bishop Bill McFarland
Please open your Bible and follow along.
Verses referenced in this teaching:
2nd Kings 7:3-9
Isaiah 6:8 –
Weekly Prayer by Rev. Loree Pardi
The Bible tells us that one day we will all have to give an account of ourselves to God and that reminded me of a poem written by Linda Ellis:
The Dash I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning to the end. He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears, But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time that she had spent alive here on earth And now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash… What matters is how we live and love…and how we spend our dash. So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change. For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged. If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real And always try to understand the way other people feel. Be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile… Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.
So when your eulogy is being read with your life’s actions to rehash, Would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash? Scripture: Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account (reason, motive, intent) of himself to God. Prayer; Father, forgive me for being hard headed and set in my ways, I pray You will help me to change while there is still time. I thank You for opening my eyes to see that I can do better by living to the standard You have set in Your Word so that when my life here on earth is over it will have made a difference for You. Father, I love You, I thank You for saving me, forgiving me and helping me to change. In Jesus’ loving name I pray and ask for all these things.