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Life Is Short I Hope You Are Ready

One day when I lived in Baraboo, Wisconsin I decided to do some door to door visitation. This was back in the 80's, I am not sure of the date. I tried looking up a sermon I preached that I used this story in but wasn't able to find it.

While I was out visiting a met a young man, my guess would be he was about 25 years old. I shared Christ with him and gave him the opportunity to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He told me that he might be interested in doing that but not at this time as he was young and had a lot of years ahead of him and he wanted to wait. I told him that we aren't promised tomorrow and that it would be too late if he was to die without accepting Christ as his Savior. I was reading a newspaper later in the week and I saw an obituary for this young man. He was riding his motorcycle and hit some gravel and had a serious accident that ended his life. My hope was before the accident that he ask Christ into his life but if he didn't he will spend eternity in Hell and that grieves me.

When we share Christ with someone or we talk to someone we never know if they will have another chance to accept Christ as their Savior. It is important that we urge them to make that decision because we don't know what tomorrow holds.

Before I was in the ministry I had a heart breaking experience that I will never forget. I was working in a Nursing Home and I was in charge of the housekeeping department and the maintenance department. Everyone knew I was a Christian and I talked with many of the people there after I got off work. One man I remember talking to on a regular basis. He seem to show interest but I always was in a hurry to get home so I didn't take as much time as I should have. One day I was told by a nurse that he was getting worse and so I stopped in to see him after work. He was not able to respond to me because something was wrong but he did nod his head to let me know he understood. I was sharing Christ with him and I was at the point where I was going to ask him if he wanted to pray and ask Jesus into his life. A nurse came in and said I would have to leave and come back in an hour or so. I was in a hurry to get home so I said I will just come back in the morning and talk to him.

The next day I went to the nursing home even though it was my day off and I found his bed empty. They told me he was taken to the hospital. So I decided I would wait until he came back from the hospital to finish our conversation. I went home that day and when I returned to work on Monday I was told that he passed away over the weekend. My heart was broken as I should have stayed that night the nurse ask me to leave or I should have went to the hospital the next day when I heard he was in the hospital. Sometimes we make decisions like this and we never know the results of what happened because we didn't follow through. My heart grieves over this and every time I think about it I determine to not make that mistake again. Life is short... if you don't know Christ as your Savior you need to make that decision. Life is short... if you are telling someone about Christ don't let anything prevent you from finishing what God sent you there to do.

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