My cousin Tami, a wife, mother, grandmother, cowgirl, champion barrel racer, horse trainer, and so much more, died from cancer recently. Even through the pain and suffering, her faith in and love of her Savior Jesus Christ remained strong. Below is something she wrote as her death became imminent:
WHAT I HAVE IN GOD IS GREATER … words from Tami’s heart
Think for a moment about the things you own:
The house you have, the pickup you drive.
Think about the livestock you’ve bought or traded for.
Think about the clothes you’ve bought
Or the money, the saddles and the buckles you’ve won.
Envision all that stuff; then let me remind you of two biblical truths
That I have realized throughout my recent journey.
Your stuff isn’t yours. What you have in God is greater.
Ask any coroner, embalmer or funeral home director –
You don’t get to take anything with you when you go.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and as one comes, so one departs.
I take nothing from my labor that I can carry in my hand.” (Ecclesiastes 5:15)
You know what else about all that “stuff”? – It’s not you.
Who you are has nothing to do with the clothes you wear, the pickup you drive or the horse you ride.
Jesus said, “Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.” (Luke 12:15)
Heaven does not know you as “the cowgirl with a nice horse” or “the cowboy with a new truck”.
Heaven knows your heart.
“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outward appearance,
But the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7).
When god looks at you, He may see your compassion,
Your devotion, your tenderness or quick wit;
But, He doesn’t see your things ….
When Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior
You have a god who hears you,
The Power of Love behind you,
The Holy Spirit within you,
and all of Heaven ahead of you.
If you have the Shepherd,
you have grace for every sin,
direction for every turn,
a candle for every corner,
and an anchor for every storm.
You have everything you need.
Then you can come to a point and pray like the Puritan who sat down to a meal of bread and water.
He bowed his head and declared, “All this and Jesus, too?”
Learn to be content. What you have in God is greater.
Paul says that “godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).
When we turn our cumbersome bag of discontent over to god, we gain something extraordinary.
God replaces it with a lightweight, tailor-made, sorrow-resistant bag of gratitude.
What might you gain with contentment?
You may gain your marriage.
You may gain precious hours with your children and grandchildren.
You may gain the love of serving others.
You may gain deep, inner joy.
You may gain the courage to face any battle.
Above all, and most importantly, you may gain the ultimate ability to worship the Giver and not the gift.
I gained all this and more. And I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that
WHAT I HAVE IN GOD IS GREATER …
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