I pulled a book off the shelf yesterday—The Good Life, by Chuck Colson who is now just beginning to enjoy the pleasures of life in heaven. On that same day, our friend Dick Elkins entered the Lord’s presence. Both of these men are heroes—one very much in the public eye, initially infamous but transformed into a servant of God and of lowly prisoners. The other served God and lowly tribal people in an obscure corner of the world, translating the Bible into their language and encouraging many (including us) with his joy and pursuit of excellence.
The other day I read 1 Samuel chapter 25 in which two men died: Samuel was well loved and deeply mourned. He had served God his whole life. On the other hand, Nabal’s demise was “good riddance!” A fool whose life served his selfish interests.
And I must mention the keen disappointment I experienced recently upon learning the truth about Thomas Kinkade, who apparently veered off the path somewhere along the way.
So who among all these enjoyed “the good life”—life worth living?
And what about me?
Is my life a wise investment?
When I’m gone, will people mourn or rejoice, be relieved or disappointed in me? What part of God’s kingdom am I helping to build?