“But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near.”

2 Timothy 4:5-6 NLT

Life is short, so you should live every day to the fullest.

I woke up Thursday morning so I could go to my 5:15 a.m. total conditioning extreme workout class. It’s important for me to take care of my temple. On the way out of class one of my classmates asked me about the homegoing of Bernal Smith, publisher of the TriState Defender. He said, “Bernal was my friend. He was only 45. We graduated high school together. He did so much for this city. Life is too short.”

We will all miss Bernal but we will know that he has been here. He left an indelible impression on this world. He left it all on the floor. His legacy speaks for him.

It’s not how long you live. It’s how well you live. On the night before his death, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Like anybody, I would like to have a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will.” He was 39 when he was assassinated. Jesus was 33 when he was crucified.

My point is what will you do with the life you have left? I’m 49 and the reality is that I don’t know how much longer the Lord will give me. But I know one thing for sure, I want to leave it all on the floor when I go home many many years from now ☺️. Go hard then go home.

The apostle Paul said that he was close to his death and he had poured himself out as an offering to the Lord. Oprah Winfrey said, “I want to die empty. I want the Lord to use me until he uses me up!” How do we make sure that we leave it all on the floor?

  1. Keep a clear mind in every situation. You should live your life with a clear conscience. Don’t go through life with regrets. Make your wrongs right. Don’t compromise your convictions. Do what you know is right every day of your life so you can keep a clear conscience.
  2. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. In this world you are going to have trouble. It’s inevitable. So if I’m going to suffer I’d rather suffer for righteousness than for doing something stupid and selfish. To live is for Christ and to die is gain!
  3. Work at telling others the Good News. Jesus said, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me to preach Good News to the poor.” As believers we should make it our life’s work to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. This isn’t just for preachers. Every believer should make it their life’s work to look for an opportunity every day to share that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him will have everlasting life.
  4. Fully carry out the ministry God has given you. Bernal’s ministry was defending our rights through publishing a newspaper that highlighted social justice. Dr. King’s ministry was making sure we secured our Civil Rights. Your ministry is___________?  Ministry is nothing more than service, and service is the rent we pay to God for putting us here on earth.

Believe it or not we are all dying. Some of us are closer to our departure than others. The Bible says that David lived out his purpose in his generation. Have you found your purpose? As you look back over your life what have you left behind that would speak of who you were? What are you leaving on the floor?

Dear God,

If I can help somebody along the way, if I can close the gap on poverty, if I can help somebody come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, if I can help somebody earn a living wage, if I can help bring an end to racism, if I can help my sons become God-fearing men, if I can love my wife as she deserves to be loved, if I can die empty, then my living will not have been in vain.

In Jesus’ Name,