Some people see this life as the only life there is. I wondered that was true of a woman whose unusual obituary appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal. It read:
She was as great card player, and consistently beat the pants off her family in everything from slapjack to bridge …. She gardened and golfed, smoked a cigarette a month and told jokes…. She loved spring flowers, the Indians, her Akron friends, big family meals, her husband, and Bridge Club…. She proved there is life before death.
That woman had a zest for living. But I couldn’t help feeling a little sad as I read the obituary because it seemed she was missing the key ingredient. Jesus said that to have an abundant life we need to have a right relationship with Him (John 10:10). And in a prayer to His Father He said, “This is eternal life that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (17:3).
We may find pleasure in games, family relationships, and the beauties of nature. But only by trusting Jesus as our personal Savior, and by living for Him, can we enjoy the abundant life He promised. And that’s a quality of life that will continue after death. – Dennis J. De Haan
We leave earth’s sorrows to seek in Him
The good that earth can’t give;
When fellowship with God is found,
Then we begin to live. – Reich
The most rewarding end in life is to know the life that never ends.
– September 17, 1993, Our Daily Bread