Outside the Box

Watching all the media coverage of Michael Jackson's death has reminded me once again that no matter how rich or famous or talented or idolized a person might become in this life, we all end up in that same little box when it's all said and done. I'm not trying to sound morbid and hopeless, but it's the truth; we all will die and we all will be there in that little box with people filing by paying their respects. Life ends. Sometimes it ends sooner than we think it should and we never seem to be prepared to hear of a person's passing.
No one is promised tomorrow. If it comes, it's a blessing; if it doesn't, we can't say we weren't warned. Life is fragile and unpredictable and it's end is always sudden and shocking. But it's end is certain, that we can be sure of. The older I get, the more I realize just how short life is. When I was a kid I thought fifty year-old's were ancient. Fifty years seemed like an eternity to me then! Now that I am fifty, I wonder where all that time went. It seems like I was a teenager just a few years ago! Now even a hundred years of life doesn't seem like it will be enough! There are so many things to do and so many places to see and such a short time to get it all done.
That's all the more reason to look toward eternity! Just imagine, no time limits! No hurry, no hustle and bustle and no rat race! No clocks and no timetables! No deadlines and no overtime!
The Earth will be brand new, the heavens above will be brand new and we will be brand new! And we'll have all the time (time?... what's that?!) we desire to enjoy this Earth and each other's company and our Lord's presence! No caskets, no funerals and no graveyards ever again! No more weeping and mourning the loss of someone we love and cherish! No more losing anyone or anything!
Please, if you have not given your heart to Jesus, do it now, while there's still time. Don't put it off until another day, there may not be one. Accept Jesus' promise of eternal life and not just eternal life, but eternal joy! We may all end up in that little box, but we don't have to stay there!

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