Saturday, February 10, 2007

When the Sand Runs Out

There's a Rascal Flatts song called "When the Sand Runs Out." The lyrics say:
I'm gonna stop looking back start moving on,
And learn how to face my fears.
Love with all of my heart make my mark.
I wanna leave something here.
Go out on a ledge without any net.
That's what I'm gonna be about.
Yeah I wanna be running when the sand runs out.

It's a great reminder to how many of us would like to live life. Just full force, taking risks, dreaming big, and not bound by fears. It reminds me of the verse found in 2 Timothy: 4:7
I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.

This week I went to the visitation of a former student of mine. Dustin was full of life, mischief, and fun. He was killed last week in a wreck. There were two nineteen year old boys in that truck. One walked away without a scratch. And Dustin was instantly killed. The entire town showed up for the visitation and the funeral. That's a great testimony to his friendship and his personality. But at the funeral I'm told they played the Rascal Flatts song.

At the visitation, I looked around at many of my former students. The church was overflowing with young people. I know some of them had to be thinking, "Had that been me, had MY life been snuffed out so quickly, would I be ready? Would I be proud of the legacy I left behind?"

We have no guarantee of tomorrow. If your life ended today, girls, would you go home with Christ?

And for those of you who are secure in your salvation, are you secure in the course you're on? Are you running hard for God? Are you living life to your fullest potential? Are you living fearlessly? Not as in "Hey, watch how long I can hold my hand over this open flame." But as in, "Hey, watch me go pursue the plans God has placed in my heart. Even though I don't know what I'm doing. Even though I'm scared. I'm running that race."

It is my sincere prayer that you know Christ as your Savior. And it is my heart's desire today that when our number is called, we will ride into Heaven totally worn out from a life NOT spent on cruise control.

Go out on a ledge without any net.
I wanna be running when the sand runs out.


T. Suzanne Eller said...

I think about Anna Nicole's life. The cameras are on her legacy right now. She was beautiful. She loved fiercely, but her legacy is one of brokenness and heart-wrenching public headlines. I know that God grieves over this beautiful daughter of his and the path that her life took.

Jenny B. Jones said...

I know, I think about everyone involved in her money dispute. They're all dead--Anna, the billionaire's son. I wonder if they had to do it over, would there last years/days be the same? Was it worth it?