Daily Devotional October 31, 2022

This past week was the sixth Saturday in a row I’ve conducted a funeral.  I do a lot of them.

This means I am continually reminded I won’t live in this world forever and someday, someone like me will stand over my grave and say, “This body we commit to the ground.  Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.  Tom’s soul we commend to his Heavenly Father, who welcomes him home.”

Unless Jesus comes soon, that’s what each of us will experience.

So, with the limited time you have in this world, how are you going to use it?

One way is to be completely consumed with self, satisfying every want.  This leads to a shallow, meaningless, wasted life.  That’s exactly what the author of Ecclesiastes discovers.  But there is a better way.

Putting God first in every aspect of life and serving others is what makes life truly full, complete, and meaningful.  This too is what the author of Ecclesiastes learned and concluded his teaching by saying, Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”  (Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14)

You’ve only got one life.  Make it count.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, I don’t want to waste my life.  Help me make it count.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Following God’s call and claim on our lives is a grand adventure.  That’s why we were made.  Make yours count.

Hunter S. Thompson said, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

My hope is the moment each of us closes our eyes in this world and opens them in heaven, we too can say, “Wow! What a Ride!”

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins