Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 12, 2013

RAY DAY: Our time on earth is short

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Time is some-times long and sometimes short. As I go back in time via my memories, I see many changes from there to now.

Of course, the media is so much different. You can see on the television all the things going on in this world, if you desire.

I like to back off those things that hurt not only the families but the ones who have no family left to talk to. And that is where I am going this week.

All those good people I knew from a time so long ago are not with us anymore. They received their reward of Heaven. And there are some who probably never saw the gates of Heaven due to the way they spent their time while still here on earth.

But God forgives, and there is a second chance to go be with those who have gone before you.

Now, I don’t judge people and never will, because I don’t have that right to do so. Only God can do that, and the reward of eternal life stands there for you and me as we travel that long yet short, narrow road.

But let’s get down to where I am going today. It seems to be that you no sooner get up from your night’s sleep, it is time to go back to bed. Where did the time go? Are we just passing through, or do we have a real purpose here?

I have to say that my time goes very fast. Soon it will be that time when my eyes will close for the last time here on earth and open in the arms of God. But while I am here, I have to have a reason to be here.

Am I doing the things that God wants me to do, or am I just having fun doing whatever seems to be the role of today?

As you know, I like to write about the things that happened in my early years and in my parents’ and grandparents’ lives. Did I do OK? Well, I will find out about that when it is time for Him to call me Home.

Many things have happened to me during the years since my birth. I have had surgeries to save my life, and I have had an illness now that may take my life one day. In 1973, my kidneys stopped working right, and so it was up on the table to get that fixed before I died from it.

In 1998, my heart was found to have nine blockages in and around it, and once again it was hop back on the table.

Am I still having problems? I can truthfully say that with the surgeries I mentioned, and with the Lord willing, I am still here. But the door to other ailments remains open, and as I grow older I seem to notice those ailments a lot more than I did in my early years.

But I am not alone in fighting off ailments that could shorten our lives. Those out there who are fighting their own, I give this thought: Don’t give up. Don’t let the calendar of life set a closing date. You go when He says it is time. Until then you live as you fight, and many times you win.

Go on with your life and try to stand with your head high and ask for a healing. Join with others who are in the same condition and enjoy all the things God has given us through the years. Let others help, because they are friends who love you.

Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at uncleray@earthlink.net.