This coming weekend is a very special weekend. Yes, Sunday night is the Northwest Arkansas area wide worship service at Springdale’s Performing Arts Center. But there is another event going on as well.
Apparently it has been 30 years since I graduated from high school. So on Saturday, some of my fellow 1988 Theodore Roosevelt High School graduates are planning a reunion. Although I can’t attend, I’ve enjoyed seeing the Facebook page posts of some folks that I vaguely remember and a few that I have no idea who they are, but, apparently they are among the 549 or so others who graduated with me.
There was, however, a very sobering post on the Facebook page. It is the post that always appears on pages such as this: the “Classmates we’ve lost” post.
Many of the people listed would be in the above mentioned “I have no idea who they are” category. But one name was very familiar to me.
My junior and senior years of high school I was a student trainer for the football team. The name that caught my attention was also a student trainer for the football team. He apparently passed away in August, 2012.
The common comment on this type of post always seems to be “Too many, gone too soon” or “He/She was too young to die.”
I’m not trying to depress you...but none of us is guaranteed tomorrow. None of us is guaranteed our next breath.
How then should we live? In Romans 14:8, Paul writes, “For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”
In context, Paul is talking about not judging others based on their observance or non-observance of special days, etc. But his point is that whatever we do or don’t do should be done or not done for the Lord (including passing judgment on others).
Each day of our lives should be lived for the Lord like it was going to be our last day. Each breath that we take should be taken for the Lord like it was going to be the last breath we will take.
That is how we should live...for the Lord!