The Meeting

Mitch Cariaga

"And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever."  I John 2:17

For most of you, one day there will be a meeting scheduled and the topic of discussion will be about YOU.  It will be about a one hour meeting and the whole topic of discussion and the whole reason people will be there is because of you. 

But you won’t be there at this meeting.  We’ll be dead. 

A pastor will gather those closest to you and will ask those people about you.  I have been in hundreds of these meetings. 

I find that there are two types of meetings:

Wonderful meetings

People will go on and on about the person.  Nobody wants to quit sharing.  It’s emotional, heartfelt, and moving.

Then there’s the Uncomfortable meetings

People will share only the facts.  He was in the service.  Here’s where he worked.  He was retired.  He did stuff in the garage.  He liked to drink (everyone will chuckle).  Maybe the spouse will admit that it was a tough go, but they made it.  Sometimes the people there will cry… not for the person, but for the pain they feel because they wanted so much more from the person.  But it didn’t happen. 

Here’s a simple way to determine the type of meeting that will be held about you. 

There’s two ways to live your life.  One man chooses to live his life by his preferences.  The other man chooses to live his life by his convictions. 

The decision you make as to how you live your life will determine what people will say and feel about you.

If you want people to hold an uncomfortable meeting, live by preferences.

But if you want a wonderful meeting, live by convictions.

I said what God wanted me to say.

I did what God wanted me to do.

I lived the way God wanted me to live.

If it was over for you right now, would God be pleased?


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