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Recovering from Tragedy

Good Morning! I have been away from writing now for a couple of weeks and I hope to be able to get back into the swing of things quickly.

There nothing quite like a tragedy over a the Christmas break to really help you start the year with clarity of what life is about and how you want to live yours. As many of you know, my father passed away on January 1st, 2011. On the day that I was supposed to be making new years resolutions about how I could read through the Bible in one year, or maybe start running a little more consistently, I was saying goodbye to the man who had been a rock in my life.

I want to quickly make a note to those who have lost a father this year. I have spent time with many of them, and I now understand the pain they were experiencing. I know death sometimes feels like the end, but I think the more I dig into the Bible and understand what death is the more I find it’s just a beginning. Many people will agree and say yes, they are dancing and suffering no more. While this is true and something to be celebrated, I think its also a beginning for those left on this earth.

Have you thought about how your life changes after a loved one dies? Have you considered that all the little things you had been letting bother you don’t mean as much anymore? I think its great insight to when we discover just how precious this life is. So as I am about a week or so late in making my new years resolutions, I feel like I need to make this year count. I need to do something that affects more than just me. I need to do something that helps people know that there is a life to be lived and its worth living. Christ did indeed prepare a place for us in heaven, but don’t let that water down the fact the He died for you and I so we can live a life worth living.

When tragedy strikes your life, I encourage you to make the most of it. Allow it to be a wake up call that life is short. Whether you just lost a child, a parent, brother, sister or grandparent, the stage of life is not important. The fact that while here they were able to live the life that was worth living, a life lived for God. Look at these words from Paul to his fellow worker Philemon. “Your  love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.”

Here is the heart of someone who is living a life worth lived. Let this be our new years resolution each year to be of great joy and encouragement to those around us and to refresh the hearts of the Lord’s people.

  1. Kim Charron
    January 12, 2011 at 12:00 am

    wonderful, Nick. very well said. i have many of the same feelings having lost my mother in law Dec. 30. My thought is that the most important thing we have to do here, while we are here is to love God, and to love each other. sounds simple, but demands a life of obedience and service. I hope i do better this year. kim charron

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