McDowell Technical Community College

Life Lessons

Doug Harrell

Challenges of Life

A new day dawns, the times and situations change daily.  The question is, can we adapt and change with the changes we face daily?  As I have grown older, the need to trust and allow each day to be led by the Lord becomes even more evident.  I think in the earlier years of our lives we feel that we are invincible and indestructible, but with age this tends to change.  We see, and feel, the changes in our body, and sometimes even our minds, as the years go by.  The frequency of funerals becomes more in our face as our friends and classmates began to crossover the river of life to the other side.  We realize that our days are numbered here on this earth.   1 Peter 1:24 (KJV) For all flesh [is] as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

When we begin to really come to grips with this, it can become really a burden unless we have a true relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Without this relationship, our time here on this earth is as an empty vessel.  Death is just the end of life, nothing more to it.  There is no hope there!  We can be good people, but there is still no reward and no eternal life in heaven.  I know, the atheist will just laugh at this, but the Bible tells us that.   Proverbs 1:7 (KJV) The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.  All we can do is to let our light shine so that they can see Jesus in our daily lives, and hopefully we will be able to witness to them in such a manner that they will come to an understanding, and a relationship with Jesus, that is personal to them.  There are situations that we sometimes face with our family and friends when we are ridiculed and laughed at for our beliefs, take the time to pray for them, because it is truly their loss, as well as ours, when we realize that death in their situation will truly separate us for eternity.   John 14:2 (KJV) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Hopefully we learn with age and wisdom to sing the song “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.  The first verse reads “What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief to bear!  What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer!  O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer.”  I pray that we keep learning, not sure that we ever completely learn, to do this daily.  I pray that each of you, as you read this today, will take your cares and concerns to the Lord in prayer.  Only He can truly give us the “Peace That Passeth Understanding”, God Bless!