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Been learning how to die…

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Can I share with you some lyrics from a song I love to listen to because it’s got the right perspective?

“Learning How To Die” by Jon Foreman

I’m gonna miss you
I’m gonna miss you when you’re gone
She says, “I love you
I’m gonna miss hearing your songs”

And I said, “Please,
Don’t talk about the end
Don’t talk about how every living thing goes away”
She said, “Friend,
All along I thought I was learning how to take
How to bend not how to break
How to live not how to cry
But really I’ve been learning how to die
I’ve been learning how to die”

Hey everyone
I got nowhere to go
The grave is lazy
He takes our body slow

And I said, “Please,
Don’t talk about the end
Don’t talk about how every living thing goes away”
She said, “Friend,
All along I thought I was learning how to take
How to bend not how to break
How to laugh not how to cry
But really I’ve been learning how to die
I’ve been learning how to die”
Die…Die…
I’ve been learning how to die

Seems sad, doesn’t it? Death is always sad. A sad reminder of our sin of disobedience. God warned Adam and Eve about eating the forbidden fruit and experiencing death in Genesis 2.

But the Bible talks a lot about a proper perspective on life that views death as a reality. Our culture wants to deny death and look away from it. We all face death because of our sins. The Bible tells us to crucify our flesh, deny ourselves, take up our cross, die daily to self, and to live without regard for today but with eternity in view. God wants us to know that our eternal destination AFTER death is wonderful.

I am convinced heaven is better than we can even imagine. It will be better than great! I look forward to it.
For now, though, I am like the apostle Paul who said this in Philippians 1:20-26: “…as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.”

-Mark (looking forward to heaven in His presence forever…it does not get any better than that!)

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