Jack (not his real name) seemed to have a great future, but he had a great challenge. He couldn’t just stop drinking. He dropped out of school as a result of his drinking habit. There was a time he was so drunk that he was hospitalized. At his discharge from the hospital, he went straight to a drinking joint.
I met Jack and tried to tell him about life here and the hereafter. He wasn’t too concerned about both lives. His liver eventually got enlarge and had few months left to live. People expected him to be sober, but I saw wickedness personified in Jack.
I thought that when people are evil and know they are dying they amend their ways but Jack didn’t to the surprise of everyone. He became more vulgar and would pass stool all around his room deliberately to make his relations suffer to pack it up.
People die every day. On social media, we see those announcements almost daily. No one will escape death. Death is a reality we must face and prepare for. I’ve discovered we fight so much on social media, sometimes over irrelevant things. When Newman was alive, He fought so did Apiah. On their deaths, however, their opponents sang songs of praise as wrote several dirges to their memories.
It is in our culture that we don’t say bad things about the dead. We also feel no one should go to hell, thus, we wish the dead to “REST IN PEACE.” It’s a good concern but sometimes we can never know if those we wish them to rest in peace are really resting in peace.
Both Patrick Newman and Ephraim Apiah were sick for some while before they finally died. I want to believe they prepared themselves to meet the Creator and Judge. Some people don’t have that opportunity. They die in their sleep, in a sudden accident or by the bullet of evil men.
The Psalmist said, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”(Psalm 90:12). What really matters is not the prayers people pray for others when they are already dead but the life we lived when we are alive.
I want to ask you if you are really mindful of your days and living wisely is such a way you’ll not be disappointed when you meet your Creator and Judge. God’s Word says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”(Hebrews 9:27). And I ask, what will you tell your Judge when you die?
If you are not so sure where you’ll go when you die and you want to know how best to prepare your life to meet your creator and Judge, please send me a message.
People will yet die today. In fact, someone around the world is struggling to die right now. We shall die one after another. Yesterday was Newman, today is Apiah, who will be next?