Wanting again over my life, you may say I tend for dwelling on the sting.
That tendency in all probability began in early 1967 whereas serving as a ahead observer in Vietnam. One in every of my occasional duties was to name in defensive concentrations to guard our troops (U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division) in case of an assault on their frequent strikes all through the Central Highlands.
Most of these aerial missions have been carried out from a UH-1D (higher generally known as a Huey helicopter) from roughly 1,000 ft within the air. To correctly full these air missions, I’d have to hang around of the Huey with my higher physique and move on my verbal directions to my radio phone operator. That was dangerous enterprise.
Shifting 50-plus years ahead to this pandemic as a necessary employee, I continued to service and meet with shoppers to help them with their insurance coverage wants. My fixed dwelling on the sting uncovered me to the coronavirus and in the end a five-day keep in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s COVID-19 Unit.
Frankly, I by no means thought in regards to the potential danger — I merely did what was pure whereas following really helpful precautions. If I may return in time, I’d nonetheless do all the things the identical.
Life is stuffed with dangers and I’m an advocate of dwelling life absolutely.
In actual life, I suppose all of us stay on the sting whether or not we all know it or not. Many lately are doing their finest to scale back the chance of catching the virus, however their isolation is clearly taking a toll on them within the course of.
We will’t let concern hold us from dwelling life to the fullest. My private technique is to stay as energetic as I probably can in an effort to be utilized by God as He sees match throughout this fourth quarter of my life! That’s the way in which life is designed to be lived, to its fullest.
In Genesis 6:3, we’re instructed: “Then the Lord stated, ‘My Spirit is not going to cope with man perpetually, for he’s mortal; his days can be 100 and twenty years.’”
Actually, that doesn’t imply there received’t be exceptions, however genetically I believe I’ll nicely hit 100 as did my dad. My grandmother on my mother’s facet of the household really lived to a ripe age of 105! Gladly, I’m OK with God taking me house sooner, however I imagine He has a lot nonetheless deliberate for me right here on this planet.
We might all be smart to think about that our Creator might nicely have many days deliberate for us and there’s no time like the current to get on with life. Or you possibly can take a look at the flip facet and notice that life is brief — and it really is.
With that perspective, I recommend we must always take advantage of every day to please our Father in Heaven earlier than He takes us house. I’m scripting this to you who know with certainty that Heaven can be your new house.
That certainty of eternal life with my Father in Heaven is my motivation for dwelling life to the fullest. I’ve no time to cower down and lose days, weeks and years as a result of some scientists inform me that my life may very well be threatened by some mysterious virus.
Sure, a yr later we now know way more about COVID-19, however the concern promoted by governments is stifling many and inflicting some to lose hope. Dwelling on the sting just isn’t optionally available. Uncertainties are throughout us and, as an insurance coverage agent, I’ve skilled my share within the lives of my shoppers and buddies.
One factor is for certain, life goes on for an eternity. Do you wish to spend it with the Creator of the Universe or would you favor to be void of His presence?
These are the alternatives. To spend it with our Lord, you could ask Him to forgive your sinful methods, repent and settle for Christ’s present of whole forgiveness. It’s not too late.
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— Jim Langley has been writing for greater than 30 years whereas working as a life and medical insurance agent in Santa Barbara. In recent times, his ardour has turned to writing about his private relationship with God, and his purpose is to encourage others to attract close to to Him as nicely. As a longtime member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Enterprise Males’s Connection), he began writing Fourth Quarter Strategies columns in 2014, and he now reaches a world viewers by means of the CBMC International devotional Monday Manna. He will be contacted at [email protected] for extra data. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his personal.