This morning, along with others across the nation, I stopped to reflect in silence for those lost in the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. I thought of those four moments in New York City: the first plane strike, the second plane strike, the first tower collapse, the second tower collapse. All the aftermath plays over again.
Following moments like that one, all the world seems to come into hyperreal focus: my daily routines, frustrations, and concerns, the friends near me, a family that loves me, my friends and family who have passed on. I have to ask the right questions in order to put all of this into perspective.
How did we get here?
“The word of the Lord came to me: I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born.” Jeremiah 1:4, 5
What is the purpose of our lives?
“Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when he appears, we will be like him because we will see him as he is.” I John 3:2
“At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow” Philippians 2:10
How do we know what is good?
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in Him!” Psalms 34:8
Where will we all end up?
“All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats … And [the wicked] will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:32, 46
The remaining question is tough, but I would not love you if I refused to ask it.
Which side will you be on?
“Let the one who is thirsty come. Let the one who desires take the water of life freely. ” Revelation 22:17
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Simon Joshua is a licensed investment advisor representative at Cornerstone Wealth Partners in Michigan. He has structured his practice around investor coaching and committed himself to leading communities in establishing a legacy of fulfillment.
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Thank you for these marvelous thoughts, Simon! We all need to be reminded.
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