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The year has already begun – 2011 has started with a bang. One month has already flown by and life continues to move at a rapid rate. It seems the older you get, the faster life goes by. Do you think about what’s left? How many years do I have? What kind of quality of life will they be? What kind of health will I be in? Will my money hold out? And what about this day? Where will I go from here?
God has a plan for all of us. His plan is laid out in His Word – our road map for life. In this life you’ll have trials, tests, mountains and just plain questions. You’ll be up, you’ll be down, you’ll have victories, you’ll embrace losses; but one thing’s for sure – you will have the opportunity to believe and trust God. It’s called living by faith.
With so much chaos and wars and famine and pestilences, you and I can be of good cheer. John 16:33, “In this world you will have tribulation (troubles); but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jesus Christ has overcome the world – yes, the same world you and I live in with fear, greed, confusion, and doubt. A world filled with wrong priorities, false allegiances, and just a bunch of people who have lost their way.
Jesus gave us many answers to life. He said, “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life, and no one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. So if you’re confused about which way to go, He is The Way. If you’re looking for truth, He is The Truth (and His truth will set you free!). If you have no life, or you’re tired of being broken, bruised, abandoned or just hating your sin-filled life, He is The Life.
Is it that simple? All my direction in life, my purpose, the plan, the passion that resides in me can flow through a relationship and dedication to one man, Jesus Christ? Yes it can! Jesus Christ led the way so we can follow. In the remaining years we have on this earth, we are going to leave something. This something is called a legacy. Your legacy will have tracks that distinguish marks in your life.
Your tracks leave their marks on this world. Some people have left tracks of goodness, mercy and love — Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham. Some people have left tracks of darkness, sin destruction and death — Adolph Hitler, Stalin and the terrorists of 9/11.
The truth is that we leave tracks, legible imprints that others not only will observe, but also in some fashion follow. You and I will never go wrong following Jesus, our Creator, as we walk through life. Our trust in Him will allow us not to lean on our own wisdom, but trust in His direction for our life.
It’s up to us. When we are gone will our tracks lead us to Him or away? Will they lead toward Heaven or toward Hell? Truth is, they’ll lead somewhere. Let’s lead people to Him, Jesus Christ, and then toward our home, which is Heaven. Let’s make the most of our remaining days –a glory and blessing to the Lord.
The Rev. Pat Butcher is pastor of Family Worship Center, 2520 Hwy 227 in Carrollton, Ky.