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How Did That Happen?
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

James 4:13-15

"Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.’ ”

Last week I was at the computer keyboard early in the morning. Someone sent me a link to videos of some of the Gaither Homecoming gatherings. I knew that some of these musicians were going through serious problems in their own lives or the lives of their loved ones---yet they sang with confidence and hope, even with tears rolling down their cheeks.

One after another stood and sang and often there were scenes from earlier days. The young faces became lined with age and grey or white hair replaced the original color (only their hairdressers knew what that was).

It was incredible how many of those beloved Christian performers have since gone to be with the Lord. The last one that I think of was Dottie Rambo who was tragically killed in a bus accident on May 11, 2008.

It reminded me of going through our high school annual a short time ago and laughing at how young we looked back then. In fact, that is true with any photographs from ten, twenty or thirty or more years ago.

Try doing something for me. Look at some old pictures of your parents or grandparents when they were your age. Think of how old they seemed to you when you were young. Now go look in the mirror and prepare yourself for a shock---you cannot stop the aging process---regardless of what the cosmetic companies may tell you.

There is a familiar quote that gives each believer a proper perspective on the aging process: “Only one life, t’will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last! And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be, if the lamp of my life burned out for Thee!”

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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