15 Feb Eternity-minded
Our days are numbered
Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom”.
I’m writing this piece in honour of my good friend who recently passed away. I can’t believe that I am even typing this sentence. It was so far from my imagination. Never in a million years could I have imagined that we would be losing such a precious friend at such a young age. That’s the thing though, we never know when our time is up. We all have a deadline in this life.
James 4:14 “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away.”
Fabrice a.k.a Fab Fab
I want to talk about this friend of mine as a person. The good thing about this part is, I won’t have to lie or try to paint him as something he was not. No. I will be truthful. He had been my neighbor since 2005, if I remember correctly, but we officially met in 2006. We were getting off the bus, one evening, from downtown and he came running after me, he stopped me and said hi. I had seen his face before but I didn’t know his name. But apparently, he knew mine and he knew my brother as well. So, he introduced himself to me and we kept talking and walking toward our homes. I obviously don’t remember every detail of our conversation but I remember laughing out loud, a lot. See, he had a gift. He knew how to make everyone laugh, whether he knew you or not. As long as you were in his presence, you could not help it, he would make it impossible for you to remain calm and serious around him. That’s the kind of person he was. He was hilarious, high-spirited and light-hearted. He was also strong and resilient. Life was never easy for him. The few breakthroughs and victories he experienced in his lifetime were short lived – they didn’t last. He had brief moments of stability but he later had to endure a set of difficult and unfair circumstances. One of the most admirable traits of his character is, he always found a reason to laugh, literally, no matter how rigid the struggle was. He was almost always filled with joy. The kind of joy that could not be explained. I remember how we used to attend french catholic masses on sunday evenings, him, his best friend and I, we would sit in the back and make jokes while the mass was taking place, not our proudest moments but yeah it happened! Although my heart is shattered and I am still having a hard time accepting that he’s actually gone, I am grateful that we got a chance to create so many wonderful memories. He loved and cared about people and people loved him back. One of his goals was to help underprivileged children, I don’t know if he ever got a chance to do that but he truly had a compassionate heart. He had a magnetic and energetic personality, and he had great dancing skills. I am not sure if many people know this, but he was a talented artist. He drew an accurate picture of me and surprised me with it last time we saw each other. I will always treasure that drawing, not because it’s my picture but because of what it represents: our 15 years of friendship. He had such a positive outlook on life. Even as he was being tried and tested, you could not tell that he was in pain. He would share his troubles in a humorous manner, attempting to make uncomfortable situations as upbeat as possible. He thought the future was surely going to be bright, he believed that better days were ahead, only he didn’t get to see that future. He didn’t get to know and enjoy better days on earth. I can’t even begin to fathom what his mom and his sister must be feeling right now. But here is a comforting thought, my friend, before he died, had the opportunity to repent of his sins, receive Jesus as His Lord and Saviour and went on to be with God. I pray that his family will find peace, comfort and will rejoice in the certain fact that we will see him again.
1Thessalonians 4:13-14 13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who [a]are asleep, so that you will not grieve as indeed the rest of mankind do, who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, so also God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep [b]through Jesus.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The harsh reality is, we are all inevitably going to die, eventually. The most important question we should be asking ourselves before it’s eternally too late: is our name written in the book of life. Let us make sure that the answer is YES before we cross over to the other side.
Deuteronomy 30:19 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!
We were given the free will to choose our path. There are two places we, humans, are potential candidates for: Heaven and hell. But, there is one place where death and suffering will be no more, it is heaven.
Revelations 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
With the suddenness of death, we can’t afford to keep putting off this life-altering decision, which also happens to be THE determining factor for our destiny. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, we only have this moment, this second. Eternity is resolved here and now. In honour of my friend, I’d like to remind myself and everyone who reads this, that our days are numbered. We don’t get to stay in this world forever, which, quite frankly, I think we are better off that way because if we make the right choice, we get to live with our heavenly Father for eternity.
Matthew 7:13-14 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
We can’t allow the distractions of this world and the worries of this life to take up all the space and squeeze this sense of eternity out of our minds. The cost is too high. Strictly speaking, it’s a matter of death and life. In truth, this life is temporary, even if we get to live a hundred years, in due course we will pass on. Therefore, let us, intentionally and diligently keep a sense of eternity at the forefront of our thinking.
Mark 8:36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and to lose his soul?