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June 2 – Lifeguard or Life Guard?

3:154 – Lifeguard or Life Guard

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Setting

My first job was as a lifeguard. I love that job. I felt responsible for those swimmers in my pool. When I jumped in and saved someone, I felt, at least for that moment, I had saved a life. In most cases, they would have been ok without me. When I left the pool, I still had my guard hat on and felt responsible even though I wasn’t.

With all of the unrest we have, I have been thinking a lot about our first responders. There job is to be a lifeguard. They protect us, stabilize us, heal us, and keep us going. In many cases, we would lose our physical life without them.

All of these positions are noble. And yes, there are bad apples in every profession and we can try to do better. While we have these lifeguards, and are very thankful, who is your life guard? Who have you turned your eternal life over to? We spend so much time trying to protect our physical lives, but do you spend time on your protecting your soul?

Scripture

  • Psalm 73:26 – My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
  • Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • John 5:25 – Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

Reflection

Not much to add again tonight. We have people who give their lives to save our lives. We have one who gave his life to give all of us eternal life. We should love and support our first responders. (That doesn’t mean that they can’t improve their service or that there aren’t some problems with the system). We should love, honor, and glorify our first and final responder: Jesus.

Take time to really know that those who run into places that we run away from should be cherished. The one who died on the cross, so that we will not fear God and be welcomed home, should be loved by all.

Challenge

Be supportive of those who guard your physical life. Share that gratitude. Be in communion with Jesus who guards your spiritual life. Share his love in all you do.

Prayer

Lord, thank you for giving us life and eternal life. We often put our trust in physical things to protect our earthly bodies. Remind us that this realm is only temporary. Help us to put even more time and energy into following you. You are our eternal life guard. We are blessed and thankful for our lifeguards on earth. We love you and thank you for being our life guard. You have and never will change. You are our protector and our savior. In your name, Amen.

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