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Be Wise

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Last week my 101-year-old aunt left this life to enter eternity. She and my uncle lived their whole lives selfishly. They had no children so they became even more absorbed in living life on their own terms. Spiritual issues were secondary to creating wealth that they could depend upon in their elderly years. They achieved their financial goals. Their house was paid for and they had plenty of money in a number of banks.

 

My mother was the executor of their estate. My uncle asked her to look after my aunt if he should die before her.

 

In 2009, my uncle died at 94-years of age, leaving their small fortune to his wife. Mom tried to talk to her about her financial situation, but each time her words were met with anger and accusation that she just wanted her money. All mom wanted to do was carry out their wishes.

 

The last six years were difficult for my mother because my aunt developed dementia and often showed horrible hostility toward her. This resulted in an attorney becoming the trustee of her estate so Mom wouldn’t have to endure her abuse.

 

Over the last six years, much of their estate was used up to pay for her in-home care.

 

Many times my mother tried to talk with her about her relationship with God, but it was always met with resistance. However, I had the privilege of praying with her for salvation on one of my visits at home with my family. I hope she reached out to receive Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior. However, there was no evidence that she really made this commitment. Both mom and I can only hope that she understood and really meant business with God.

 

My aunt had a stroke two weeks ago that paralyzed her right side and destroyed her speech. The first one she reached out to from her hospital bed was my mother. She knew that Mom was prepared for this journey beyond this world.

 

Luke 12:13-21 describes a person much like my aunt and uncle. A wealthy farmer focused only on his own wealth and security. He forgot that it was the ground that yielded an abundant harvest.

 

In verses 18 and 19, this farmer says, “I will store up more crops and build bigger barns. I will say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years, take life easy, eat, drink and be merry.’”

 

However, God’s answer to this man was, “You fool. Tonight your soul is required of you.”

 

This man’s focus was wealth, not his relationship with God. His wealth was left for others to enjoy while he faced the terror of entering eternity without God.

 

Today, I encourage you to be wise and live your life in the light of eternity. Receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Hold temporal things, especially wealth, with an open hand so it does not become your focus. Remember, eternity is only a breath or heartbeat away.

 

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