This morning I was reading a devotional that talked about the Jan. 2006 mining explosion in West Virginia. I remember this tragedy. Miners were killed as a result of the collapse of the mine. Before they died, several of the miners wrote notes to their loved ones. The world mourned the death of these brave men; and I remember feeling that the notes left behind were such a beautiful gesture. Their last thoughts were on their families.
This morning as I studied, the thought occurred to me, what would I have written? If given enough time, I’m afraid that I’m a little too long- winded to narrow it down to a sentence or two.
1. Jesus ~
a. Jesus offers Salvation ~ not only from eternal death; but also from the troubles of life.
b. Jesus can be your comforter in the bleakest moments of trials & pain. And He can be your best friend on the days of sunshine & joy. Spend some time with Him each day.
c. The Bible is God’s love letter to you ~ read it, learn it, and share it.
d. Before all else fails ... pray.
2. Family is important ~
a. Love each other. Take time to heal old wounds and nurture your relationships.
b. Family isn’t just blood relatives. Build a strong relationship with others in the family of God. Your brothers & sisters in the Lord will be some of the strongest allies you will ever have.
c. When God gives you the man or woman of His choice, always treat them like the special gift they are. That means, in part, being the godly man or woman that He created you to be.
d. NEVER use the Bible to beat up on each other.
3. Seek out & remember the old ways. Man-kind has lived & thrived for thousands of years before cell phones were invented. There’s nothing wrong with using today’s technology when it’s necessary; but don’t abandon the knowledge & skills of those who came before us. You never know when that knowledge may mean survival for yourselves & your families.
4. Always stand up for what’s right ~ no matter the opposition. Remember, David only needed God & one smooth stone. All you need is God and whatever weapon He gives you to use. Just remember to make sure it’s God’s side you’re fighting for … (you think my temper was bad.)
5. The best way to overcome depression & self-pity is to give your time to others less fortunate.
6. Remember the good times we’ve had, and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I have always loved you best.
Finally, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy pathes." Proverbs 3:5-6 also: "Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil." Proverbs 3:7 These Scriptures have gotten me through some of the darkest & scariest times of my life. Write them on your hearts & speak them often when things look unclear.
That’s it. That’s the sum total of the wisdom I’ve gained in my 40-something years.
Now, what will you write?
Have a good night, and May the Lord bless you.