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Friday, 03 April 2015 18:49

The Brick

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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Colossians 4:5-6:“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

It’s a simple brick that packs a powerful message—“Live life today because you’re not promised tomorrow.”  This brick sits on the top shelf of our family office area at home.  It once helped hold up the third hall in the old Enterprise High School.  Last month marked eight years since a devastating tornado made a direct hit on Enterprise High School, destroying the school, and killing eight students in the third hall.  The principal at the time handed me the brick as we walked through the rubble during a story for WSFA-12-News.  He said, “You can have one of these if you want it.  A lot of the students are taking them, in fact, one young man told me he put his brick on a shelf in his bedroom as a reminder to live life today because you’re not promised tomorrow.”

 

So how are we using this precious time called life?  Are we walking in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time and letting our conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt? In other words, are we telling people about our Savior while there’s still time?

 

I experienced Colossians 4:5-6 in a very real and profound way on a recent Sunday morning.  Our teaching pastor at church took on a topic that’s often talked about in the news and movies, but rarely in a place that’s equipped to offer truth and grace.  As he shared what the Bible says about marriage and same-sex attraction, he shared the perfect and flawless truth with grace, seasoned with salt.  He told all of us, “As your pastor, I am to help you conform to Jesus, not the ways of the world.”  We can often decide some of God’s truth is “hard,” but I’m realizing the truth in itself is never hard,  it’s perfect and flawless and intended for our good.  Our teaching pastor could have said, “I won’t touch that subject, someone else can handle that at another time.” What if there is no more time, what about that person who heard the truth and stepped into a life with his or her Savior for the first time?  Are we putting off something today that could change someone’s life eternally?

 

That Sunday morning continued to shine with Colossians 4:5-6, encouraging us to walk in wisdom, making the best use of our time and Galatians 6:10: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  Just 30 minutes later I celebrated with our church family the confirmation of 36 youth into the church—young people proclaiming their faith and vowing to engage in the life of the church, sharing His path of life through their own words and actions. 

 

I thought back to my own confirmation in 7th grade.  I can vividly remember our teacher standing up at our final meeting and saying, “Okay, everyone got it?”  Our family had just moved and I didn’t know anyone real well so when no one spoke up, I sure wasn’t going to say what was going through my mind, which was, “No, I don’t get it!”  I went through the motions of confirmation and thankfully I had many more “tomorrows” to get it—through Godly people, time in His word and life, I came to fully understand the life changing decision of calling Jesus my Savior.  Our senior pastor on this day of confirmation, was teaching on the grace Jesus offered to the thief next to him on the cross, but how the other thief just didn’t get it.  Are we taking every opportunity to lift up our brothers and sisters by doing good while we have the time?

 

Back to the brick.  As I covered the Enterprise story a year later, I talked with one of the teachers who was in the third hall that day.  She said as the power went out and windows and doors began to get sucked out by the pressure, she looked at her group of students and said, “Say a prayer, because I think we’re going to die!”  She told me she’s often thought back on that, wondering if it had been her child kneeling there, would she have wanted someone to say that to her.  She said, “And yes, I think so, in fact I know that’s what I would want my child to be doing at that time.”  A lasting effect of her statement to the students, whenever they would meet each other on campus they would look at one another and say, “I’m praying, are you praying?”

 

It’s good advice for all of us everyday—just take out the words “I think.”  We all know one day we will die.  But right now, our Savior has something else planned for you, and you can bet it’s strong, filled with grace and good.  This brick came out of something that crumbled, but with God’s strength and healing, it’s now symbolic of all that’s yet to come.  Make the most of your time today.

 

 

Dear Lord,

You are mighty to save!  Thank you for giving us wisdom for the walk and talk.  May our words be full of grace and seasoned with salt, creating an intense thirst for you.  We love you and thank you for every precious day. May we use them wisely and glorify you.  In the loving name of your son, Jesus Christ, we pray.  Amen.

 

 

 

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