Last night, something really changed some of my perspectives. I had not planned on spending my fourth of July evening watching Joey and Rory’s movie, but I am so glad that I did.
Watching a family walk through what Joey and Rory walked through was absolutely heart wrenching. Seeing Joey have baby Indiana and then two years later pass away of cancer is so heartbreaking. She won’t even see her little Indiana grow up. It’s one of those reminders that God’s plans are sometimes different from ours, and are not always what you expected.
“You can’t be in awe of an amazing road that God leads you down, and then be any less in awe of a corner that He has you turn.” – Rory Feek
As I sat there watching, I was so amazed about how strong their faith was even when they must have been so scared and confused. They never lost sight of God. They were always smiling and had such sweet joyful spirits even when their lives were basically crumbling in around them. Joey had such a peace knowing that she was going home to Heaven very soon. Jesus was waiting for her, and she wouldn’t be frightened. Such a beautiful testimony!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11
Think about it, how many times do we complain about life? We complain that life is just so hard and unfair, and that we just suffer so much. Not to mention the sour attitudes we get if God throws something different at us then we have planned. What if that something different happened to be death? How would you react? We take every single breath and day for granted. Life is precious dear friend.
While watching, I realized how selfish I really am. I get so caught up in my own little problems, that I don’t stop long enough to wake up and look at others around me that are actually going through “real” trials. It definitely puts a perspective on life.
God only gives each of us a certain amount of time to be on this earth and every day when we wake up, we get to decide how we are going to spend those precious minutes and hours. There are no do-overs, no-second chances, no next time-around’s to get it right. -Rory Feek
We tend to bury ourselves in self-pity when there are people who are dying around us each and everyday. He made me realize that my life is but a vapor, here today and gone the next. James 4:14 says: Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes. Take the time to love on your loved ones, but most importantly, make sure you are living a life that is serving and pleasing to Christ. That my friend, is the only thing that really matters.
Wake up everyday thinking it is your last, because dear friend, it might just very well be.
**Please take the time today to watch Joey and Rory’s movie: “To Joey, with Love.” I know it will touch and challenge you just as much as it did me. Below I have attached the movie trailer.
bye for now,