Until.... That one day- I was sitting there minding my own business when I thought," Wait! What if Im talking to a person whose lost loved one was unsaved! Or what if they lost a child and weren't sure of their salvation" The very thought of it closed my mouth for days. Never would I want to rob anyone of their hope.
Thankfully a few days later my dear friend Lulli Akin came over and I confided in her my dilemma. -Now Let me interrupt my dialogue to say that if Lulli Akin isn't a dear friend of yours like she is mine then I'm sorry for you. She shoots from the hip, loves The Lord and overflows with wisdom. Her and Todd have been an enormous blessing to our life in innumerable ways-
So I looked at Lulli and told her my problem. In true Lulli fashion she said " Oh. Are you God?" !!!!!!!" No ma'am!" She continued," Who appointed you to determine if someone is born again? You have no idea what occurs in the heart and mind of a person when they reach the end of their life or their life flashes before them..." She went on and told me a personal story of hers and others which showed me that The Lord is able ,His word will not return to Him void and He is still God in our last hour and He is able to save to the uttermost. He is able to accomplish in a moment what we fail to perform in a lifetime.
As well, the fervent and effectual prayers of a righteous man availeth much. So- what do we do if we have family who is now unsaved and living? Be a righteous person and pray on without ceasing! Too many believers are worried about how " other" Christians dress, act, eat etc instead of realizing that they only have enough time in the day to work on themselves and their family to worry about sanctifying their pew neighbor. And may I remind you that the Lord does lasting sanctifying work in the hearts of others Not we ourselves. What if we've lost a loved on and just DON'T know if the Lord saved them? First realize- YOU ARE NOT GOD AND YOU DON'T KNOW. number two- He is The Lord and He does ALL things well.
Too many times we lose our present by lamenting our past. May I encourage you? Don't stay there. Even if you've lost a loved one- look around, if you're one of the fortunate ones, you have more loved ones still surrounding you.
Take every thought captive, think right thoughts, ask The Lord for the blessing of a proper perspective.
There's nothing we can do to change the past so lets just not go there- and certainly don't STAY there. It's a new day, full of life and hope ( peppered with sorrow I know) Let us use all of that energy on changing our present and our tomorrow which we CAN affect, and leave an un changeable yesterday in the past.