Usually I try to focus on the humourous part of life, but sometimes life is serious. Sometimes something jumps out at me and ‘puts me in my place’ and helps me refocus. This quote was just such a quote. I stopped in my tracks and thought of my family, my friends and even myself.
Take a moment to grade yourself.
Are you ready to die?
It’s not if, it’s when.
And then what?
“Some of you may have seen how short life is in those around you. Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? How many friends have you lying in the grave! Some of you have more friends in the grave than in this world. They were carried away as with a flood, and we are fast hastening after them. In a little while the church where you sit will be filled with new worshipers, a new voice will lead the psalm, a new man of God fill the pulpit. It is an absolute certainty that, in a few years, all of you who read this will be lying in the grave. Oh, what need, then, to fly to Christ without delay! How great a work you have to do! How short the time you have to do it in! You have to flee from wrath, to come to Christ, to be born again, to receive the Holy Spirit, to be made meet for glory. It is high time that you seek the Lord. The longest lifetime is short enough. Seek conviction of sin and an interest in Christ. Oh, satisfy me early with thy mercy, that I may rejoice and be glad all my days.” Memoirs of McCheyne