A Mandate to Celebrate…

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24).

Today – this day – is the only day any of us are promised. We may not live to see tomorrow, or Christ could return and take us all out of here. For that reason, live today, love today, as if it were your last. On this the 7 year anniversary of the greatest tragedy in American history, 9/11, may we remember those who went to work expecting life to be business as usual, and never returned to their families. May we remember those who boarded a plane with expectation of landing safely at their destination in anticipation of life as usual, yet their lives were tragically taken away by the hands of horrid, evil terrorists. May we not only never forget – but may we always remember!

Clay shared a week ago today at Jim Bowie’s funeral that when Jim was given the “death sentence” on October 5, 2007, Jim was given a mandate to celebrate. He only had a few months left on this earth and Jim chose to get all he could out of his time. The first comment he made to Clay and me when we went to visit him after his diagnosis was, “If I’m gonna die, I’m going back to regular coffee! No more decaf for me!” And he did. He also decided he was going to travel and visit family members that he had not seen in quite sometime. And he did. From October until only 3 weeks before Jim passed away, he got it all in. He¬†visited San Diego, Oklahoma City, Minneapolis, Washington DC (twice!), Pennsylvania (3 times), Maryland and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few of his trips. Jim had been given a mandate to celebrate and he did it right!

So what about you? If you knew that your time left with your friends and family was short, what would you do differently? Perhaps nothing. Perhaps you live each day in celebration of the life that God has blessed you with. I hope so! I regret to say that often I do not. I rush around like nobody’s business with more things on my plate than I will ever find closure to, and at the end of the day I’m sure I have left much unsaid that needed to be said, or said much more than I should have said. My commitment to the Lord today on 9/11 is that I will recognize this day as the day the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad that He allowed me to live to celebrate this day. And I pray for the families of those who lost their lives on that horrible day that God will continue to heal their hearts and that they will find an up-close and personal relationship with Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who Heals, the One Who holds all the cards, the One in full control, even when our world seemed to stand still 7 years ago. He has given us a mandate to celebrate – today!



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