Day 181

Today’s Reading – 2 Chronicles Chapters 19-23

Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings. 2 Chronicles 21:20

This entire set of chapters for today reads like a bad soap opera.

One king after another plotting treachery, trying to get ahead. Few are good. Most are evil and self-seeking.

But, this passage sticks out as really sad:

He passed away, to no one’s regret

A 43 year old man, at the top of his field, dies.

No one cares. No fancy funeral – no one would come. No accolades.

I often ask church leaders, “If your church closed tomorrow, never to exist, would anyone care other than your members?”

Ask yourself, “How will your absence effect those around you?”

Live a life that impacts those around you – not because you can gain something from them, but because you have something to give.

Live a life of faith with no regrets and avoid the sad epitaph:

He passed away, to no one’s regret


Tomorrow’s Reading – Obadiah and Psalms 82-83


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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