The World is a Better Place Because She was Here
By Vicki Molinari
Ahhhh! I slept in until 9 a.m., the coffee was hot and I was scanning social media one Saturday morning.
It had been a while since I took the time. My plan, I thought? Take five minutes before tackling my long list of Saturday chores.
The many posts, pictures, and statements were what I expected to see, however, when I read this phrase I was instantly nudged by the Holy Spirit. "The world is a better place because she was here." It was beneath a picture of a woman who had passed away. Her epitaph you may say or the statement about her life.
Wow! It pierced my heart like an arrow hitting the bull's eye on a target. "What would be said about me, Lord? Will my life have an impact on people and if so, how?" These were my thoughts.
This was not a coincidence. My heart was already stirred. I had just returned from a conference with some powerful speakers, my favorite Christine Caine. Her message was titled "Press On".
She discussed James 4:14. "Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."
The analytical side of me began to ponder the word mist. So I looked it up when I got home. "Mist: a thin fog produced by very small drops of water collecting in the air just above an area". An area is affected by this mist, no doubt. How will my life "mist" affect others while I am here on this earth, after all, mists are only here for a short time.
Christine continued with Philippians 3:13-14, "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
She made bold statements like:
"Keep pressing or you will start regressing and there is no blessing in the regressing".
"Take risks and don't quit."
"Life gets on you. We are not exempt from hurt, pain or betrayal but despite it all, love people and be salt and light!"
This was tough stuff, but I knew it was truth.
I was encouraged. I was reminded that though short, life matters; "my" life matters. I too will have an epitaph. My life must stand for something.
Someone and His name is Jesus! He made a difference in my life the day I surrendered my heart to Him and if I press on, loving people until the day He calls me home, I can make a difference. The world can be a better place because I was here, making a difference for eternity.
How about you? What will be your epitaph? Life is like a mist, but if you press on, you can make a difference. What will that be?
Heavenly Father, we seek you today with a thankful heart. Though our lives are but a mist on this earth, help us to press on, never stopping until we reach the goal You have set before us. May our lives be impactful in ways that make this world a better place, but also effect eternity. In Jesus Name, Amen.