Your Last Words

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:10
I watched Deadliest Catch last night. It’s into the episodes of the last days of Capt Phil Harris, who passed away from a stroke on February 9, 2010.
Phil wasn’t feeling well last night and went to take some of his prescription medicine.
He caught his son, Jake, stealing some of the meds.
Phil was furious and said some horrible things to his son; telling him to get away, he never wanted to see him again, that if he said one more thing he’d knock his (expletive) teeth out; horrible, hurtful things like that.
Having foresight into the future episodes, I thought to myself, “Are these the final words you want to leave with your son?”
But you and I don’t have foresight for when that moment will come.
You and I need to speak to each other as if this was our last day together.
I can be quite a kidder and jokester, but I am trying hard not to disrespect people and run others down.
I don’t want the final words that any hears from me to be a put down.
Not that this would happen from me, but I wouldn’t want my final words to include and expletive!
“If you want a happy life and good days, keep your tongue from speaking evil, and keep your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:10-12 NLT
Though I don’t know if Capt Phil knew Jesus as his Savior, I am more saddened at the thought that someone would die without having made that decision.
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? Rom 10:14-15 NLT
Some cannot speak good things and happiness because they have nothing good to say and no happiness in their lives.
It is up to you and me to tell them about the One that can bring true happiness.
You and I should speak to others as if it was our last day on earth!
What will your final words be?

2 thoughts on “Your Last Words

  1. I also saw the latest episode of Deadliest Catch and thought the same thing. I am praying for Jake. His heart is broken and he may carry guilt thinking he caused his dad to become so furious with him it could have hastened the stroke. Out of such pain God can bring great joy and that woould be salvation to Captian Phil’s sons and who knows just maybe the whole crew of the
    Corneila Marie.

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  2. God’s gifts are only good. His Word is a gift to us, and it says a soft answer turns away wrath. There is a soothing and even healing that will follow if we continue in His love. Harsh words are hardly washed away with, “I’m sorry.” It does take two though.

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