This little life of mine

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On a good day I can trust my health

I feel strong and invincible not like some of you

I think I’ll endure whatever comes

No pathogen is going to bring me down

Yet all it takes is a small bug and I’m on my knees

It dawns on me quickly just how fragile this flesh is

I cannot count on my health when death comes knocking

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In a tender age I could count on my future

Sure I wasn’t born with a silver spoon like some

But I had the rest of my life to get one for my heirs

Every dream of mine was just a few years ahead

But how far could I scale before crumbling down

In the end it’s the worms that have a future with me

When death comes everything I built lies in ruins

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On the ladder of a good career I can see a future

There’s hope of better days ahead craved by many

Yes there’s no guarantee but every fibre of mine is optimistic

And you know what? I’m ready to do whatever it takes

No one and nothing is going to stop me from the top seat

But how many sacrifices will I make before it’s not worth it?

And if I get it what legacy do I leave that time won’t steal away?

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But if I cannot count on these what I’m I left with?

I’m I to succumb to hopelessness and wherever fate leads?

Should I live the rest of my life in fear of death?

Should I lose any sense of ambition and a better future?

If I stop dreaming what I’m left with but the brutal reality of this life?

I become like a drunk drinking my sorrows away waiting for death

I refuse to be that person, I refuse to believe tomorrow won’t be mine

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But perhaps today is all that matters, if I can’t defeat death I can live today

Should I follow that path? Live for today and be a man of the moment?

Sounds like something isn’t? At least I can count on the here and now

Live for the moment and enjoy it to the fullest while it lasts

Give me some music, take me away on a tour, find me a show of a lifetime

Problem is my today is not always glorious, some days I want to run away

Sometimes today is so bleak that without hope for tomorrow I’m lost

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This little life of mine what will I do with you?

Where on earth can I find sure comfort and safety?

Where do I land to escape such dilemmas?

Will the good life not be mine however hard I try?

Perhaps it’s because I’ve ignored the only one who can give it

That only the giver of life can give me today and hope for tomorrow

In him the fear of death is defeated and I can live sure of tomorrow

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From now on I walk like I will live forever because I know I will

I plan like a little child with an eternity ahead of me

I work hard not to secure my future but because I already have it

I live for the moment but also for the future

I give him my best now informed by my eternal future with him

And though I still fear death I’m confident it won’t be my end

This little life of mine will make a mark in honor of my Lord

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Christian, don’t waste this Pandemic!

Title borrowed from John Piper’s book, Don’t waste your Life.

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If as Christians we believe that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 then we need to ask whether we are missing the good out of this Pandemic?

It’s inconceivable to the human mind that anything good would come out of tragedy but church history since the Exodus to the Cross and the birth of the early church proves it happens this way. Suffering is the gateway to Christian growth and will ultimately usher in eternal glory with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus.

It was Jesus suffering and death in the hands of evil religious leaders and a cowardly ruler that bought us eternal joy and salvation. The groom and darkness of that Friday birthed the precious Easter Sunday. We were reconciled to the Father and given the hope of eternal life. The resurrection of Jesus from this life of suffering and death is the foundation of our faith and what informs how we live now. Otherwise, as Paul says:

… if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 1 Corinthians 15.

So going by this foundation it means death won’t be the end of us. Our hope of resurrection goes beyond the threat of diseases and economic breakdown. Those things will affect us and to some of us worse than others but they won’t steal our hope. On the contrary, God can use this time to shape us to be more like Christ in his sufferings. To grow in the flames of suffering in our love and trust for God if we align ourselves with his plan and purposes.

This could turn out to be a memorable time of Church growth numerically and in regard to its discipleship. But it could also be a time of great confusion and backsliding if we focus on the bad, the uncertain and forget our sovereign Lord is still in control. My cry is that we won’t waste this time but make the most use of it to live for Jesus as we always ought to as strangers in this world.

To turn to God in prayer. Seek to grow in our knowledge and love for Jesus and his Word. Seek to expand his kingdom by our witness in word and deed. To look at the fields as Jesus would say and see it’s ripe for harvest:

I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. John 4

This is the time to reach out to friends and family with the Gospel truth and Gospel love. It’s the time to soak in fellowship with God in our devotion and prayer. It’s time to model family devotion and fellowship. It’s time to learn Biblical reflection. Time to encourage one another with the life-giving truths of the Gospel. Time to create and develop good spiritual disciplines. Time to preach. As Steve Lawson echoed;

There has never been a greater hour to preach the gospel. The darker the night, the brighter the light.

We don’t know how long this COVID-19 will take before a cure is found or we recover from it. And we should continue praying for a cure and be wise in controlling it’s spread. But as Christians, we should also make the most use of the time as we live for King Jesus even in this.

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5.