I don't know what is sadder, a person that thinks they have hope, or a person who thinks they have hope when there actually is no hope.
The event was a funeral today. I will not go into details to protect the family and friends.
In my preparation for speaking for a moment, I had recruited several people to pray for me to have wisdom. The situation was odd with one parent being a nominal member of one religion and the other a very vocal atheist. So from my world view, the after life is very much different from that which was presented from the main speaker.
I find it interesting how a people can be so indifferent toward religion and God during a normal day to day. But when a loved one has died, all of a sudden, 'they are in a better place." It's in those moments I just want to jump up and tell people scriptures and ask them to read their Bibles and believe. That sadly, their loved one is NOT with God. But I've never been moved on by the Holy Spirit to do such.
I keep getting reminders of how vocal and action oriented my faith has to be, of which I am following through on. I am so grateful that the Lord has put in my heart a passion to make sure people hear the Word of God and know that they can have a relationship and live in repentance. It breaks my heart to see so many living in rejection to his word..."and everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like the foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." -Jesus (Matt 7:26-27.)
People aren't saved because of your life. But because of his death and ressurrection. Op
Since our church voted to completely remodel / overhaul the sanctuary there have been many obstacles for members to get past. Some include: new lights, a dark ceiling, no pews, a much bigger stage, lots of technology, just to name a few.
Well there's probably not really a legend about him, but in my book Jimmy Red is very much legendary. I met Jimmy this summer while providing food for a World Changers team in Little Rock. People who are passionate about what Jesus has done in their life are contagious. Almost every day since meeting Jimmy I have thought about him.
Jimmy is a man who thinks it's strange that people aren't more vocal with their faith. The afternoon i met him, I pulled him off to the side and got a quick lesson on Jimmy Red's method of personal evangelism. I can sum it all up in the word, "Readiness". Jimmy is constantly looking for and taking opportunities to tell others about Jesus, with his little marked up / dirty from all the hands, New Testament.
Jimmy was on the World Changers trip as a leader and site coordinator. But if someone walked by on the street, he would stop working, take a student with him, and enter into a conversation. Often, leading the person into a personal relationship with Christ.
I can't sum it all up here, I can't pour out my experience. All I know is that I am thankful I met a man name Jimmy Red and hope a little of him rubbed off on me.
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.