“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better,” Philippians 1:23.
Paul was in prison, writing to his beloved friends in Philippi. He set their minds at ease. Paul told his friends not to be worrying about him. He told them that, if he lived, Christ was living through him. He also told them that, if he died, he would be immediately with God in Heaven. Paul wanted the people to know whether he lived or died, Jesus would be magnified. To Timothy, when Paul was facing death, “Nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Tim. 1:12). Can you see the unadulterated confidence, facing death toe to toe like a little mischievous boy standing behind his daddy’s legs, sticking out his tongue at the world?
There is a song about time where the singer took a nap at six years of age and woke up and he was twenty-two years old. Life is really like that. One hardly gets accustomed to one life change before the next one comes crashing in like a freight train. My wife, Ella, and I have three amazing sons who make our lives worth living. I had funny little boys around my neck like jewelry for thirty years. One morning I woke up, and my nest was empty. I almost had a nervous breakdown. Take a nap again and wake up, and we are buying burial plots and making funeral plans at the funeral home just in case.
Make yourself a list and put Jesus in the number 1 position. Make sure your children know where all your treasure is hidden.