Lesson from a tragedy

A friend shared with us during our church youth service about a lesson learned from the recent Mandala plane accident. She could not understand why a friend of her, who was young and had a very bright future, left all of a sudden. She knew that she has by far a better place with God right now. But why her? Why was it her that He called?

As I reflect upon this, the same question appears. When a great man dies at a young age, why should it be? Why should God call such a great man as this at a young age? Were he to continue on living, how many blessings would he share to those around him? How much light would he shine for the world?

It is true when my friend said that as we look at the lives of these great men and women, we are brought to realise that we are no better than them. How could then we dare to live our lives irresponsibly?

The apostle Paul writes in Philippians 1:20-22,

“… that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me.”

If we are to go on living in the body, it means fruitful labor for us. May our lives be lived fruitfully now as always, as Paul lived his life.


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