Guest Post|A Lesson on Life By Jessica Starks
Jessica Starks is one of those people who you stumble upon while reading different blogs and immediately think of how fortunate you are to have a handy device, like the internet, to allow you to connect to people who would otherwise be unknown. Jessica is a firm believer in Jesus Christ, and shows her love for the gospel on her blog. She is currently in college, seeking a degree in English.
You can check out Jessica’s blog at The Pen & The Needle, and also follow her on FaceBook and Twitter!
I want to personally thank Jessica for taking the time to write such a strong post. This topic has been on both of our hearts this past week as we have both dealt with loss and pain; but we can find comfort, peace, and hope by resting in His hands. Without further ado, I share with you:
A Lesson on Life
By: Jessica Starks
For me, the entire month of July has been bittersweet, really bittersweet. We buried my great great grandmother, a fellow schoolmate passed away tragically, and a close friend of mine was told that he has less than 2 years of life left. These events have really tugged on my heart and opened my eyes to a few things:
- Life is precious – Life is one of the most valuable things God has given us; He sent His only son down to Earth, who sacrificed His life in order to give the ENTIRE world eternal life (John 3:16)! So who are we to take that for granted? Even Jesus, while praying in Gethsemane, admitted that he really didn’t want to die (Luke22: 39-46), but He understood that that was what had to happen in order to fulfill his purpose, which was saving the world. Jesus died a miserable death, just so we could live; we owe it to Him to at least live life to the fullest, in His name.
- Life is short – When I say life is short, I mean our Earthly lives are short; if we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we have eternal life in Him. However, that is no excuse to just coast through life here; we still have an assignment that we are expected to complete, and we don’t have forever to do it. The classmate I mentioned earlier was 21 years old. My friend is also 21, but according to doctors, he won’t make it to see his 22nd birthday. If that isn’t a wake up call, I’m not sure what is. I didn’t know my classmate personally, but I can guarantee that, when he got in his car and traveled the highway that day, he was planning to make it back home. He was not expecting to be involved in an accident. That even goes for my friend, he planned to grow old and see his son grow up. Now talking to him, he understands that, unfortunately, that is virtually impossible now. We have to be prepared at all times, because only God knows what could happen. My friend is literally living from day to day, minute to minute, because he just doesn’t know what could happen. That’s just how crucial and serious it is.
- We need to ensure that we live our lives for God now, before it’s too late – Nobody knows when God will call us home. That’s why it is so important that we strive to develop and maintain a real relationship with God. It is also important to ensure that we have at least tried to do what God created us to do. Too many times do we wait until we are in trouble to run to God; we need to start running to God constantly. Don’t be like my friend and wait until we know our expiration date; choose today to live your life now, and for God. I promise He won’t steer you wrong. And you won’t have to worry about this life, because you’ll be too concerned with your life on the other side.
Hope you guys enjoyed the post, and I hope it inspired you guys to embrace God fully and allow Him into your life. He loves you and wants to take care of you. All you have to do it let Him in.