Freedom From These Walls

"Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints." Psalm 116:15

We've had enough time inside our four walls lately for our brains to memorize the Spackle patterns on them.

For some of us, there hasn't been much choice.  For others, we've been blessed with the freedom to enjoy the great outdoors and all that God has made.

My friend, Coach Johnson, was one of those people who loved the outdoors.  He loved being with people and wasn't fond of being cooped up.  He and his wife had recently entered an assisted living facility.  Now in their eighties, they were having some trouble getting around and doing things on their own that had always been easy for them before.

Before. . . when he coached and mentored hundreds of high school boys in various sports . . . when he never knew a stranger.

In the last note he wrote to me, he spoke of looking forward to "when we can have a little freedom from these four walls."

Coach Johnson is free from these four walls.  The freedom he experiences now is a freedom that can only come from a life well-lived for Christ.  A life that loved others with no holding back.  A life that was honest--even when it was hard.  A life that finished strong.

I miss him.  But, it won't be that much longer until I join my friend in leaving these four walls behind.

The Holy Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:7-9, "For we live by believing and not by seeing.  Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.  So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him."

Are you living a life that is pleasing to God?  Have you decided to commit your whole life to following Jesus?  If you haven't, do it today.  Don't wait another minute.

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”  Revelation 14:13

Goodnight, Runners.

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