Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
所 以 不 要 為 明 天 憂 慮 ． 因 為 明 天 自 有 明 天 的 憂 慮 ． 一 天 的 難 處 一 天 當 就 彀 了 。
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.
Bible verse: Matthew 6:34
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
兩 個 人 總 比 一 個 人 好 、 因 為 二 人 勞 碌 同 得 美 好 的 果 效 。
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
若 是 跌 倒 、 這 人 可 以 扶 起 他 的 同 伴 ． 若 是 孤 身 跌 倒 、 沒 有 別 人 扶 起 他 來 、 這 人 就 有 禍 了 。
There are advantages to cooperating with others. Life is designed not for isolation, but companionship; not for loneliness, but intimacy. Some people prefer isolation because they feel they cannot trust anyone. We are not here on earth to serve ourselves, however, but to serve God and others. Do not isolate yourself from others and “go it alone”. Seek companionship and be a team member. Amen.
Bible verses: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages on their cell phones. The wife was a romantic type and the husband was more of a no-nonsense guy.
One afternoon the wife went out to meet a friend for coffee. She decided to send her husband a romantic text message and she wrote:
“If you are sleeping, send me your dreams.
If you are laughing, send me your smile.
If you are eating, send me a bite.
If you are drinking, send me a sip.
If you are crying, send me your tears.
I love you.”
The husband texted back to her: “I’m in the toilet. Please advise.”
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
我 們 若 認 自 己 的 罪 、 神 是 信 實 的 、 是 公 義 的 、 必 要 赦 免 我 們 的 罪 、 洗 淨 我 們 一 切 的 不 義 。
Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
得 赦 免 其 過 、 遮 蓋 其 罪 的 、 這 人 是 有 福 的 。主 不 算 為 有 罪 的 、 這 人 是 有 福 的 。
God’s Word declares that sins confessed are sins forgiven. God also no longer counts our sins against us because He has already charged it to Christ. Thank you Lord for these two wonderful assurances. Amen.
Bible verses: 1 John 1:9, Romans 4:7-8
If I were to ask you to name the 3 most common things on a tombstone, I am sure you will get them right. Yes, they are:
- The photo of the deceased
- The deceased’s name
- Two dates (date of birth and date of death)
The difference between the two dates determined whether the deceased lived a long or short life on earth.
May I now ask you what is the thing that appears between these two dates on the tombstone?
If your answer is “-“, you are right again.
The length of this “dash” is the same sitting between the two dates, whether the deceased had a long or short life.
What is the moral of this “dash” in the context of the tombstone?
Life on earth is not about how long you lived or that you died young. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well, so that it will have an impact on the lives of the living when you are gone.