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By Steve Higginbotham
September 29, 2004
I just just finished up a round of
golf with a few guys in our youth group and was headed on my way
home when I received a phone call from my wife. She asked, "Are
you supposed to be somewhere right now?" I couldn't think of
anywhere I needed to be. She then proceeded to remind me of a
speaking engagement that I had scheduled.
I was instantly sick. I had
totally forgotten. The thought of all those people who were
counting on me, sitting and waiting for me to show up sent my mind
racing for searching for excuses. Irrational thoughts flashed
hurriedly through my mind..."I hope I have a flat tire." No one
can blame me for a flat tire. "I hope someone has had a minor
wreck on the side of the road and needs assistance." No one can
fault a "good Samaritan." But these excuses quickly vanished,
leaving me to face the harsh and embarrassing reality that I had
really messed up, and had some apologizing to do.
Consider this application. We all
have an appointment with our Lord. However, that appointment may
have been buried in the back of our minds, and we may go about our
lives totally oblivious to our appointment. Then suddenly the
time of our appointment will arrive, either by our death or by the
Lord's return. What will we do then? Will any excuse stand the
scrutiny of an omniscient God?
Friends if you can imagine how sick
I must have felt for missing my speaking engagement, just think
how sick one will feel when he realizes he failed to prepare for
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