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Next Stop. Eternity.

Your death date tells more than your birthdate. You learn more at a funeral than at a feast.  After all, that’s where we will end up.  Ecclesiastes 7:1-2 MSG
Like the fool, the wise man too must die!  Ecclesiastes 2:16

While waiting for the funeral of a friend to begin, my mind pondered that often avoided subject of death. Most of the time I agree with film director and writer, Woody Allen, when he said, “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

Death’s downside is that it is inevitable and unstoppable---we cannot escape it. If you are not prepared to spend eternity in heaven, another downside to death is your eternity will be in hell.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, God has set eternity in the hearts of everyone.

You may be asking, “Is there an upside to death?” Well, yes there is, there is so much “MORE”!!! If you are heaven bound you rejoice at this. There is more to our lives than this earthly existence. And that MORE will last for eternity.

To the dying, repentant thief on the cross Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Our transition from this earthly existence to our eternal MORE is immediately after our dying last breath.

Where we go to spend eternity after our earthly death is our individual choice. Some people choose to say to God, “You leave me alone, and I will leave you alone.”

2 Peter 3:9 tells us, The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. God wants us in heaven with Him after we die our earthly death.

Personally, I believe as G. Campbell Morgan when he so eloquently said, “I believe the promises of God enough to venture an eternity on them.”

What about you?  It is your decision.

Claudia Jackson

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