Memorable Summer

My Dear Friends,

Summer is slipping away from us. In just a few weeks, teachers are going to be back to school. The kids will follow shortly. What are the highlights of our summer? Did we travel to see family? Were we carried to far away places? Did we meet a new best friend? Did we face a crisis or lose a loved one? How will we remember this summer?

Now let me turn the question around. How will the summer remember us? As an opportunity to make a difference; as a witness for Christ; how might each of us be remembered by the moments soon passed? Will we have cared for someone else out of Christian love? Will we have sacrificed anything so that others could have? Will we have told one person about Christ so that they too might enjoy life in Him with a secure future?

Consider for a moment arriving in heaven and being greeted by those we knew in life. Will there be any folks who run to say “thank you” for introducing them to Christ? Will any give a testimony about when we explained how “Jesus loved them this we know?” Will even one come to say “bless you” for the quiet gift of encouragement we offered them one day or the visit we made in the name of Christ?

You’ve heard me say more than a few times, “All we ever have in this world is what we do for and give to others in the name of Christ.” But, have we ever given anyone Christ? Have we ever taken the courageous step of talking with a best friend or a colleague or a schoolmate or a neighbor about the most important topic in this world….how to get to the next?

Consider the following scripture that is the word of Christ to all believers. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)

So, let me ask once again, “How will this summer past remember us?” What eternal significance will we have assigned to it by our actions? What soul will greet us when we arrive in heaven because of our witness? It is an interesting question, don’t you think?

I hope we will all have had a very memorable summer.

Blessings,

Pastor Doug