While in New York last week a local man named Buddy was involved in an automobile accident. I knew nothing of it until I returned home and my brother called and told me. It seems that 2 days after the accident Buddy required some type of surgery and he died in the middle of it.
So Long, Buddy !!!!!!
I have a long checkered past with Buddy which wasn’t always the best. His mother lived for years on the farm next to mine. She was a kind and very friendly neighbor with whom we got along very well. Buddy, on the other hand, had a problem with too much drink. From early morning until he went to sleep at night he was always nursing a beer. Too much alcohol can cause a person to do things they may not ordinarily do.
I have had items, including cattle, stolen from me by Buddy, but after confronting him we always remained on speaking terms. The last few years he and I have had talks with no tension between us at all. It’s very hard for me to hold grudges because life is just too short for that sort of thing. It has been a few months now since I last saw Buddy, except for driving down the road, and we always waved to one another.
I was told yesterday that only 3 days before the accident he stopped by a neighbor’s place about a mile from me and told them they wouldn’t be seeing him anymore. They asked if he was moving, and Buddy said no. It was his way of saying he was dying. I was told that they understood this to be the case as well. At the place where he stopped the gentleman is a deacon at the small local Baptist church. I can’t stop wondering if he shared the Gospel with Buddy. I plan on finding out when I return home from this trip just to satisfy my curiosity.
This incident reminds me again of taking every opportunity we have to share the Gospel with the lost. We never know when the last available time may be.
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”- yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (James 4:13-14)
Something to think about on this beautiful Thursday.
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,