Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Nice Words, Good & Faithful Servant!

Last night, I slept well and woke up early this morning. No nap for me, today. Not that I wouldn't have liked one! No, I thought it just isn't a great idea to get into a habit of having a mid-day nap. What would I do, once I am back working most of the time? Whoa! Sorry client, I have to take a nap, now! lol

Today, I am feeling a bit improved, but still not over whatever this is I have been sick with. I thought about going to the pool, especially since it was quite warm today, but after talking with my neighbour/friend K, I decided against it. Truly, I wish I could shake this sore throat, sinus congestion, croopy yet dry cough and (thankfully now intermittant only) wheezing.

While I feel badly for my realtor partner/friend C, I don't feel too bad. He's been going away regularly on the weekends and will be going away once again, this weekend. I'm truly not worried, for the market slows down at this time of the summer, with people going on holidays, travelling on vacations, etc. Of course, now that I've said this, murphy's law will probably kick in and I'll be busier than I could dream of. Hmmm...it sounds like a dream! :)

Most of my day was spent relaxing (trying to conserve my energy, so I can heal), visiting on Facebook and trying to sort through the thousand (1,000) e-mails I had sitting in the inbox of my personal e-mail. It seemed like a good thing to do, since I really couldn't do much for work. I think I've reduced the number to just over 800, now.

With all this time on my hands, my mind sometimes wanders. I thought about the reception after my brother Glenn's funeral. Previously, I mentioned that a few of Glenn's neighbour/friends commented about me talking with Glenn about Jesus and giving a gospel message at his buriel.

What I didn't really talk much about is the fact that none of my relatives talked to me in this manner. Not one. None of these relatives were on my Dad's side of the family, for those relatives don't live in Ontario and couldn't attend. These people were on my Mom's side of my family.

It was shocking to me that one cousin I hadn't seen in MANY years, walked up to my friend J, hugged her and whispered in her ear, asking if there had been much trouble, yet. This makes me chuckle every time I think of it! J and I have been asked if we are related, sisters or cousins, for we sort of have the similar look of relatives. I believe my cousin mistakenly thought J was me, at first. J wondered why he would do this; this is the only thing I can think of. Funny, really! :-))

Still, what was whispered, although it may seem strange or funny to some people, just goes to show the true state of affairs with my family.

Knowing that I hadn't seen many of these people in MANY years, I would have thought most of them would have approached me and at least said 'hello'. Some did not. If I hadn't made the rounds, saying 'hello' to people and thanking them for coming to Glenn's funeral, I don't think they would have spoken to me, at all. People are truly strange. At least my family is.

A few of my relatives commented that my 'words were nice', that I spoke at the graveside service. Since I heard the same phrase from several relatives, I'm sure they spoke together about my Eulogy, otherwise in my opinion, I wouldn't have heard what sounded like a broken record. Others never made a comment, at all.

One relative actually leaned close into my friend J and said to her, "That's Lynn. She'll never change." I wasn't looking for compliments, but it sounded more like a sarcastic remark, than anything. Oh well. It takes all kinds to make a world. She was right about one thing: I will not ever change. I love God; He loves me. Jesus is my Saviour.

So, why would I make sure to include a gospel message in my Eulogy, honouring Glenn? Firstly, it was because it was the truth of the situation with Glenn obtaining salvation.

As I've mentioned previously, I am so-o thankful I know where my brother is, today. Because he was trusting in Jesus, I have assurance that Glenn has a new body, is healthy, is dancing, skating, reading, eating in heaven with Gordon and other relatives and friends. In 2Corinthians chapter 5, we read that for a believer, to be absent from the body is to be with the Lord. Who could be sad about that?!

However, even if Glenn had not been trusting in Jesus for his salvation, I still would have found a way to give a gospel message. Why? Because nothing is more important than having salvation. Some people don't realize they even need salvation, for they don't believe they are a sinner, in need of a Saviour. Romans 3:23 tells us, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

I know that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (read Romans 10:17). People need to hear that they need salvation. When a person hears God's word, the Holy Spirit can do His work, convicting and opening the way for the person hearing to come to Christ.

But, the biggest reason, is to be obedient to God. In Mark 16:15, Jesus tells us, "...Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."

As I've said previously in other entries, I never want God to be ashamed of me; my days of living sinfully, are past. I long to hear God speak those glorious words to me, quoted in Matthew 25:23, "...well done, good and faithful servant;".


Until next time...

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