Have you ever considered your “aftermath”? I know, that sounds crazy, right? Or does it? Aftermath is generally defined as the “results that follow.” So, what results typically follow you? I have heard it called your “wake” before also. It can be related that way as well as the impact your vessel is making in the waters that you are navigating. Either way, you make an impact. While there are varying degrees of such impact, we impact all the same. We are to be salt and light in this broken world. According to God’s Word, we are to live in a way that is cheerful always, praying and worshipping without ceasing and living in the frame of mind and reference that is thankful in the midst of it all. During 2020, it seems that one of the first things that were attacked in the church was our cheerfulness, which impacts relationships and makes us hypercritical. Sure, we have diminished in some senses due to all the restrictions and depressive feelings that COVID-19 and governmental restrictions and isolation has brought us, but the Word must be at our centermost core. I have read reports of church splits in various parts of the USA, pastors quitting, ministers leaving, believers quitting church, changing churches and so much more as the strain of things has overwhelmed so many. We must not allow the “stuff” and minutia of this life to get us to a place where our aftermath and our wake becomes a devastating one. Jesus warned us of the cares of life that would cause us to be weighed down, in Luke 21:34“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down withcarousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.” Our hearts being weighed down with cares is on par with the other things that Jesus in mentioning. Then he says, in Luke 21:36, the same passage that we are to “Watch therefore, and pray always.” We must heed the Words of our Lord in both the warning and the solution. So many are watching how we are in these times, my prayer is they see in real-time, social media, and in all aspects of our lives, the goodness, and reality of Jesus Christ our Lord. As we approach December 2020 – stay steadfast and firmly planted on Jesus, His Word, and be careful of what your aftermath and your wake leaves behind you. There is no such thing as not having an aftermath, we all have one. We choose the kind we leave.
We love you all!