I was at a burial ceremony last weekend and I did something I had never done before… I walked into a Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) service hall. And I didn’t just walk in, I walked in with bare feet… or almost. I had to put my feet in socks in order to get some shield from floor dirt.
I must tell you, I had never dreamt I would ever get into a C&S hall talk more of taking off my shoes.
I had pleaded that they cut me some slack since I was a visitor but some of the leaders explained that it is a principle anyone who wishes to enter has to abide by.
I did it for love’s sake, a sister had to attend the outing service after her mother’s burial and I meant to go all the way. Especially since it neither affected my salvation nor tampered with my relationship with God, I considered it “Not a big deal.”
This is not just about my shoes, feet or socks. It is about what I learnt while I was in that service as I thought about life; my life, your life, and Solomon Grundy.
Have you ever heard about him?
There is a rhyme I learnt as a child, about his birth, life and death;
Born on Monday
Christened on Tuesday
Married on Wednesday
Took ill on Thursday
Grew worse on Friday
Died on Saturday
Buried on Sunday
That was the end
Of Solomon Grundy
I do not know if there are any in-between-the-lines about Solomon Grundy’s life but this poem pretty much summed up his life.
Every day we wake up in the morning is always a chance to live beyond the ordinary, make a mark on the hearts of God and men, leave footprints on time’s sand, impart someone’s life…
Sitting down in that Cherubim and Seraphim hall, listening to some to some of the things being said about the 79 year old Grandma, I wondered about the life I am living now.
Do you ever wonder about the life you are living and the way you are living it?
I sure do know that you would not want your life to be summarized like it was for Solomon Grundy. I sure know I wouldn’t either, so everyday we must;
- Live for God all the way.
- Be a blessing to someone.
- Affect a soul for Christ.
- Love like God would.
- Help someone whether we know them or not.
- Use our God-given gifts in our world.
- Point someone to Christ’s return.
I know there are many other things we can do to make impact on our world. But we must go beyond just knowing them to actually, deliberately, purposely, knowingly doing them. We must make up our minds not to get so busy that we ignore others and centre our lives on ourselves and our immediate families alone. That is the only way we will not end up summarised like Solomon Grundy was.
Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well! Psalm 90:12 MSG
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honour and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16
Are you living?
Are you willing?
Are you making any difference?
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