The most requested thing for dinner around here? Noodles. With butter.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Death of a hero

On July 2, 2014, the world lost a great man.  Olympic distance runner, WWII hero, and follower of Jesus, Louis Zamperini died at the age of 97.

If you haven't read Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, you have missed out on one of the most riveting stories of our day.  I'm not going to spoil it for you by giving details, but I will strongly encourage you to read it before you go see the movie about his life that comes out at Christmas.  (You know the book is always better than the movie, and almost 9,000 Amazonians gave it 5 stars!  Read it.)

I didn't get to meet Mr. Zamperini here on earth, but I will certainly see him in heaven.  Not because either of us are good enough to earn heaven, but because we follow Jesus.  Our names are in His book.  When we die, Jesus says, "Welcome! I have your reservation right here!"

Not everyone gets that greeting.  If you decide you don't want a relationship with God or his Son here on earth, He certainly won't force you to spend eternity with Him.  Of course, the other accommodations aren't quite as nice.  If you thought battling your inner demons in this life was hard, just wait until you battle the real ones face to face for eternity.

It's your choice.
You might give it some thought and do what Louis and I did.
But don't wait too long.

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