Well, today finally came…first day back to school! It was a mixed bag at my house as everyone got up right away and proceeded to get ready and off on time, but Hope was a little nervous about meeting her new teacher, Vinny was just plain ready, Brittany was very business like and Trevor while ready, just didn’t seem as into it. He’s been taking some hard hits in football lately and so I think he was just tired and a little sore! I must admit that it was odd doing it all on my own this year…the shopping, getting their backpacks ready, going to the school’s open houses…yeah, but we made it and so starts another year. A big year of changes…Vinny’s last year in elementary, Trevor’s first year at the high school, Brittany’s last year in high school…change is everywhere I look, it’s in the air and it crouches as if ready to spring…
If you had the power to change your future, would you? If you knew that on September 25th, 2010 at 5:34pm you would die in a car accident, would you avoid traveling on that day? Or that on December 24th 2009 at 7:13pm, a string of Christmas lights would short out, burning your house to the ground, would you choose to leave your lights off…maybe even unplugged? Of course you would! Who in their right mind, knowing these things were to occur, would allow the appointed time to pass without attempting to alter the outcome?? When faced with the possibility of spending eternity in heaven or hell, why are people so cavalier about their souls? Hell is a place of physical agony, mental suffering, loneliness and emotional sorrow. Jesus described it as a place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. It’s a place of insecurity and fear and is described as a bottomless pit, an abyss, a lake of fire and a place where every moment is lived in uncertainty. Hell is a pit of darkness; totally devoid of light. It is pitch black with nothing to distract people from their suffering, sorrow, fears and torment. All of this will be without end; every moment of every day…for the rest of eternity (Jude 6, Matt 5:21-23, Matt 7:23, Matt 8:12, Matt 13:42, 50, Matt 25:30, 2 Peter 3-5, Rev 20:15).
There is a way, the ONLY way actually, that you CAN change your future and know beyond a shadow of a doubt where you will spend eternity. Romans 3:23 says, ‘For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ You and I are in the same boat…we are ALL sinners, from the little white lie to stealing and much much worse. Again, in Romans (6:23) the Bible tells us the consequences of our sin, ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ The hope that we have is in Jesus Christ, God’s son and perfect payment for our sins past, present and future! John 3:16 says this, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’