Dare 2B Daring - June 08, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“I’m far more concerned about doing something for humanity and what I consider the will of God than longevity. Ultimately it isn’t so important how long you live. The important thing is how well you live.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
My dad lived to the ripe old age of 77 before suffering a fatal heart attack in 2002. His father, my paternal granddad, died from a massive stroke in 1978 at the very same age. So, I kiddingly tell people that when I turn 77, I will probably grab my head or my heart… and be transported to Glory.
Contradicting that reasoning, however, is the fact that my mom is still alive and kicking, and her mother lived to be almost 101. So, who knows, right? I may live another 20 years, another 30, another 40… or I might get hit by a bus tomorrow.
The point I’m trying to make is that today is not guaranteed, let alone tomorrow. Because of that indisputable truth, we need to maximize each and every day that God gives us. Get right with God – today! Get right with other people – today! And do your very best to serve Him with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul and all your strength – today!
Dr. King was right. It doesn’t matter how many years are in your life. What really matters is how much life is in your years.
Martin Luther King’s life was snuffed out by an assassin’s bullet at the tender age of 39. But what a legacy he left behind! Not a perfect one, but a long lasting one. One that made a difference here and now… and for all eternity.
On February 10, 1968, Dr. King was in Philadelphia for a speaking engagement, but contracted an upper respiratory infection that required a doctor’s visit. After treating him, the physician asked Dr. King to pose for a photograph and to sign it for his children.
“May you have a noble future,” Dr. King wrote. My friend, that is my prayer for you, and me, and everyone I know.
“But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.” Isaiah 32:8 (ESV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President