So why use a theme like that in church? After our last series that looked at how we could "Live Like We're Dying," the urgency of seeing the mobilization of God's people has burned in my heart. My family and I had a great opportunity after an amazing Easter weekend to spend a few days visiting extended family in Tennessee. During this visit, I enjoyed time with loved ones, but I also tried to get out and exercise when feasible. One of my "gyms" of choice was a cemetery that was close to my in-laws' house in Clarksville.
Tombstones- While there were some that were very ornate and others that were almost non-existent, their condition and reality are all the same. The appearance of their graves did not make a difference, but rather the impact made on the lives of those they knew while living determine their legacy.
Quiet- Life is filled with noise as people find their lives characterized by human hustle and bustle. One day, that noise will cease and our opportunities to make noise, in praise and faith, will only be heard in Heaven.
Life is brief- While the amount of years varied with each marker, the reality of how quickly those years pass becomes increasingly more evident as we witness our children grow up and eventually our grandchildren.
All of these observations, no matter how morbid they may seem, inspire me toward this new series as a renewed emphasis on the fact that we all become worm food eventually. What are we doing today to "seize the day" and make an eternal impact? "Put Me in Coach" is a challenge to all of us to not ride the pine or be in the stands, but to actively seek where and how God wants to work in and through our lives for His greater glory.
I've said it before and I will say it again, when we passionately resolve to pursue God's will and glory in our lives, we better...BUCKLE UP!