Facing death, Judgement Day

We all know that one day we’re going to face death. It could be many years from now as we all hope, but the fact is it could be as soon as today. None of us know for certain but imagine if you knew your death is coming within only a few months or even just a few weeks. I honestly can’t imagine what it’s like to know death is knocking at your door.

This is the reality for the mother of someone very close to me. What began as severe pain and visits to the emergency room about 18 months ago led to a diagnosis of lymphoma, surgery that we thought removed the cancerous tumor, and then the shock when it returned with a vengeance and a terminal diagnosis. With the knowledge of having only a few months to live, this courageous woman came home, planned her own funeral, gave away some inheritance to loved ones, and now awaits the inevitable.

When life brings about such turmoil, my thoughts immediately begin to contemplate if the person is a Christian. The only way to be certain you will make it to Heaven upon your death is to believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who walked this Earth over two thousand year ago and was crucified on a cross to save us from going to hell for our sins. But that is still not all. You also must be a living example as a servant of God, knowing that you will never be completely without sin and must ask our righteous Lord for forgiveness.

I am certainly not perfect and must ask continuously for forgiveness from my Heavenly Father. When it comes time for me to face Judgement Day, I know that I will have a lot to answer for. “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgement …” reads Matthew 12:36. Death is not the end. We have all sinned and will be judged by God. But only those who are truly Christians will enter the pearly gates of Heaven.

While mentioning Judgement Day, I also must say that I surely don’t want to face God’s wrath when Jesus returns to Earth as described in Romans 2:5. “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed.”

Jesus could reappear on Earth at any time. There is always someone saying the “end of time” is near. And if you look at some of the events happening on Earth and compare it to the events described in the Bible for when the “end of time” is coming, you can conclude that Jesus’ return may be near. Unless you’re a young child when this time comes, you will be judged.

We should already be considering where we want to be after death or when Jesus descends again on our world. Heaven or hell? Where are you going to spend eternity?


The first year

The three scariest words you can say to a kid in August… “School’s starting back!”

As a teacher, I know first hand how it feels at the culmination of your summer and being reluctant to start of a new school year, though it’s been many years since I’ve been the one in the student’s desk. This year was a whole new experience for me, though as I dropped my baby off at “big boy school” for the first time. I refrained from crying as so many other parents do but I sure did fret all day. My little man gives me many reasons to worry…

  1. What’s he going to say? Or should I say what else is he going to say?

As my boyfriend and I began to walk away from his kindergarten classroom door, we heard Lee telling his teacher that he “steals” change from James. I had to quickly turn around and explain that we know Lee likes to sneak change out of James’ truck. Little man calls it “stealing,” and no matter how many times we explain the difference, he still tells people that he “steals” change from Mommy’s boyfriend.

  1. Is he behaving himself?

As the mother of a hyperactive child, my first worry was if he was staying calm, quiet, and focused. I knew early on as a toddler that Lee was going to be hyperactive like his father and I both were as children. I was hoping he would be more like me – behave at school and go wild at home later. But that just hasn’t been the case. I’m not ashamed to say that after the obvious concerns in Pre-K, I took Lee to see a children’s psychiatrist to verify he has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and started trying methods to help him get the most out of his educational experience. Medicine was the solution, though we’re still tweaking it as needed.

  1. Is he eating?

Lee is such a picky eater! To add to that problem, the one side effect from his ADHD medicine is a loss of appetite. (Wish I had that problem!) I’ve tried sending food but he’ll only eat what he wants and not necessarily the most nutritious food.

  1. Is he making friends?

We’ve had a few homework assignments already that includes telling me about his new friends. I don’t know if Lee has memory issues like me or if it’s just his ADHD but he can’t recall names at all. He has only one boy he mentions as a friend so my hope is he just doesn’t know all their names yet.

Thank goodness for Lee having an excellent kindergarten teacher and assistant who have kept me informed as he progresses each day. My little man can be hilarious sometimes. He asked a couple days ago if he could take some medicine to keep him from talking – i.e. he’s still talking too much in class.

Now that he’s getting adjusted to the school day – for the most part – it’s time for me to worry over getting homework done and making sure he learns to appreciate the education he is getting. What a job! I take it one day at a time. Kids aren’t the only ones who have a big change in schedule when school starts back… good parents have to learn to juggle family time, school assignments, and work starting each August. Good luck to all of you. You’re all in my prayers.