I was looking at a book from high school. It was one of those memory books that has a “where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 years” section. I graduated high school in 1991 so I had put I would be married, working as a radiologist and driving a Chevy Beretta (that was a cool car back then). One thing I noticed, God was not mentioned anywhere. That is because God was not a part of my life then. True, being 18 I was just interested in getting out of the house and doing my thing. Growing up I went to church off and on, mostly when I was in elementary school, but not much at all through junior high or high school. Mom and dad did a great job raising us to be respectful and to know right from wrong. They always taught me to be cautious who I ran around with. But, as I said, God was not in the picture. I prayed sometimes, but only when I was scared or nervous about something. I was one of those people who treated God like a fire extinguisher, break in case of emergency. My bible was never read and actually accumulated quite a bit of dust. I wonder sometimes how my life would be different today if I had attended services all my young life. Would the choices I made back then be different? Would I be a better person? I made some choices in my life that was not me as a person, but I made them anyways. But when I think about how my life being different, I erase all the good things in my life now.
Twenty six years later after I wrote in my memory book of my senior year, I am right where I want to be, right where God has put me. I am married to a wonderful preacher of God’s Word and but most importantly I am a Christian. My life is nothing like I penciled in all those years ago and for that I am thankful. I try to live the life that God has commanded us to live. It’s hard sometimes, because there is temptation and worldly pleasures all around us but I choose God over all those things and I do not regret one second of that decision. My life is in a different direction now, a direction some people don’t understand or want to be a part of, but that’s ok. There is nothing in this world that is more important to me than going to heaven. Life happens so quickly, James 4:14 says “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Do people really believe that? Most people don’t think life is like a vapour. People live like they will live forever and there is no need to follow God.
I think of all the people that have died in my lifetime that never knew God. What a horrible thing to feel and know. If I had children, I would want them to know God, because the thought of knowing their destination without Him is so sad to think about. What is so bad about being a follower of Christ? What is so bad about wanting to go to Heaven? What is so great about Hell that people want to want to go there? Why would you want to see your loved ones go there? I wouldn’t and don’t want to see that.
Mathew 7:13-14 says that “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Few people will make it to heaven and many will be lead into eternal destruction. That’s what those above verses mean. How sad that is and I wish that it would be the other way around. People have a choice, that’s what God intended. I encourage you to know God and His Word. If you read just 9 chapters a day you can read the New Testament in one month. You will be surprised what you can learn and know.