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The end of the road: Everything can change in a split second

April 15, 2012
Psalm 121:8 The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.
Cars and pedestrians sometimes just don’t mix. I live and work in a large city, so I share my life with cars, trucks, buses and an assortment of other vehicles.  I cross very busy streets on foot each day without giving it a thought. Most of us who live in large, heavily congested cities never think about all that traffic, it goes with big city life which I enjoy and would never trade. J
The sound of screeching tires about two feet from me recently got me to thinking: I could have been hit by a car…my life could have been over!  I had just stepped onto the pavement after crossing a major street when a car came barreling out of nowhere, and made a screeching halt just under the red light signal. This startled me – what if I had slowed my pace while crossing? I would more than likely be dead.
I share this story because none of us are guaranteed a specific number of days on earth.

·       Are you making wise use of your time?

·       If your life was to end, would those who love you say that you accomplished your goals and God-given purpose?

·       Have you taken time to love people, to make your life count and to use your abilities and gifts in service to those who need you the most?

·       Have you made a difference as a disciple of Jesus Christ?

God help me live a full life that will make you proud of me. And, keep all of us safe from harm. In the powerful name of Jesus Christ - Amen!

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Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
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Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
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Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
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Before I know it, sin drips from my mouth and floods my mind. Oh the struggle.
Romans 7:22-23 I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. 
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