Sunday, August 28, 2011


            Some time ago I received an email stressing that every family needed to have an emergency plan.  The plan should include choosing a specific place to meet in case of an emergency, such as a terrorist attack, earthquake, destructive weather, etc.  If the utility lines were disabled, there would be no way to contact family members after the fact, so the decision needs to be made ahead of time.  As we know, circumstances can change in the blink of an eye. 
I thought it was a great idea, but must say we have not implemented it as of yet.  My intentions are to talk to my family about it and simply decide on a place, but I haven’t followed through. “Why?” you might ask.  I guess we are too busy, and when we are together I don’t think about it.  We are talking about other things.  And we don’t need it right now, so it’s not the most prevalent thought in my mind…But we did feel the rumble of an earthquake in our city a few days ago, and a hurricane just missed our coast yesterday.
I hope the time doesn’t come before we make the plans.  Procrastination is a dangerous gamble. 
As important as that decision is, there is one that’s much more urgent.  We need to make sure everyone in our family is prepared to meet in Heaven one day.  Once one of us is gone, we have lost part of the connection.  It can happen in the blink of an eye, then it’s too late.  This, too, is a simple decision to make...just make sure everyone knows the way to get there.
Here are the directions.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
I know that scripture is probably very familiar to you, but let me emphasize two points.  It says ‘whosoever’.  That means you, me and everyone else who turns to Jesus.  The other thing I would like to point out is the word ‘believe’.  Anyone who believes will be saved, but what does it mean to believe?  It simply means that you are so persuaded of Who Jesus is that you put your full confidence in Him.  You trust Him with your life and rely on Him from that point on.  You leave behind the old life and start a brand new one in a new, spiritual dimension.
It’s that simple. I know it seems now like you may never need that plan, but the time comes to every one of us.  I realize we are all busy and have other things on our minds, but this needs to be taken care of above all else. If we have not already prepared for our family to meet in Heaven, we cannot afford to put it off. 
I hope the time doesn’t come before we make the plans.  Procrastination is a dangerous gamble.

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