When It’s My Time To Go…
January 17, 2018 @ 8:51 AM by: Blenheim Baptist
“2018! - another year, but who’s counting?” You are, we all are. We are headed somewhere, and life’s transitions continue.
Positive transitions will be welcomed. This year you may go on to graduate, to get a driver’s licence, go on to a better job, enter retirement, or move closer to family.
We would not welcome a job-loss, a hospital-stay, a family tragedy, or a broken relationship. These transitions tend to impact us negatively.
REALITY is, life is constant transition. “Life goes on!” (as Fay Heatherington would say); that IS a reality we are forced into managing.
Other realities help us manage life’s transitions well:
- We are NOT Alone
God was intentional in creating parents first. The role of good parents, mentors, teachers, or leaders has gotten us to this point. We are not abandoned; others are here with us and for us.
- We can learn Wisdom
Choices that guide us and guard us so that we are not overwhelmed by transitions can be made. Learning wisdom involves being good listeners, being teachable. We continue to grow, and prepare for “our time to go” on to new challenges, welcomed or unwelcomed.
Wisdom enables us to have purpose, and to be purposeful. It enables us to plan for a sustainable present and future. We manage life in view of predictable ends or transitions.
- We know Life is Predictable
We are created to think ahead; the future concerns us. The day will come “when it’s MY time to go” out of the shop, the classroom, the office, or the game for the last time. This can be a difficult time.
You are not alone. Plan wisely for that transition. Retirement or succession planning will benefit us.
Another REALITY: We have a Divine-Appointment, “when it’s my time to go” before God. God has spoken clearly, and well in advance, “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) Have you planned for that appointment?
Jesus spoke of a farmer who was rich on earth, but was ‘bankrupt’ before God: “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:13-21)
Consider the wisdom of Jesus the Master-Economist: “What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)
I continue to prepare for “when it’s my time to go” on to whatever. And ultimately, in having a relationship with Jesus, I am among those who affirm, “If the earthly tent (body) we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)
Transition into eternity is a reality. “When it’s my time to go” I am ready!
“Are you with me?”
Pastor Bill Terris
Blenheim Baptist Church