Is our life really our own? Did we do anything to start or receive this life – did anyone, really? Since the answer to that question is a resounding, “No!” Should we be allowed to do anything to stop this life, outside of laying it down for a friend?
Our parents, as much as we may have been planned or a surprise, didn’t actually give us life. They, too, just managed our life after it was given to them. That is what we all are: stewards to a gift. As stewards, we have great responsibility to use this gift well. We do not have the right to decide when it ends. If we take that right, we put ourselves in the place of the Owner of this life.
My heart goes out to people suffering with all manner of disease. I have struggled with bouts of depression over the years that have had me considering suicide, when the pain, both mental and physical just wouldn’t go away. Now I watch my son, and others struggle and I am able to comfort them with the comfort I have received:
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for your rod and your staff comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”Philippians 4:13
“Though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” I Peter 1:6
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10
I wished I could write more, but the kids and cats are clamoring for turkey bacon!