Look here, you people who say, "Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit." How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog — it's here a little while, then it's gone. What you ought to say is, "If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that." Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil (James 4:13-16 NLT).
I had a bit of a scare the other day. I was out working the goats, and I got overworked and passed out. For the first time ever, I felt I had no control, that I was a "goner."
It was kind of a slap in the face.
I always thought that if I was going, I would have time to fix things — you know, say a final word or two, or at least let my wife know I love her. But that didn’t happen. That helpless, final feeling was kind of a slap in the face. It brought me up short. And death could come like that, you know? With no time to do anything.
So now is the time to say some wonderful things to the people you know and love. Whether you live another second, or a full lifetime, don't get caught on short notice with loving words left unsaid.
About the Author
Dr. Faulkner was the very first person of note and influence who shared his content with us at HEARTLIGHT.org
beginning in 1996.
Paul Faulkner taught on the Abilene Christian University campus full-time for 35 years. He was honored in 1982 as the university’s Teacher of the Year. He has written several books and was a much sought-after speaker and seminar leader along with his Marriage Enrichment partner, Dr. Carl Brecheen. Dr. Faulkner mentored many ministers and church leaders, shared his loving homespun humor and wisdom through many channels, and endeared himself to thousands. Our dear friend and mentor went to be with the Lord in 2022, but his legacy lives on in the lives of those he touched and made better.
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