Letter to My Friends, Family, and You

Even those of you I havent met yet.

by Lura Langenback

© August 8, 2000

Written shortly after the Columbine shootings.

I have something to say and today is the best day to say it. Why? Because I am moved of the Lord. Some of you may wonder why I am saying this to you. Some of you may think that you are already doing all that you can do. ARE YOU? The time for soft, sweet talk is over.

When the various tragedies at the schools happen or when tornados hit and people lose their lives, there are those who think....how can a loving and merciful Lord watch this and do nothing? How can He allow this to happen?

I want to focus on one young lady who was a student at the high school in Littleton. Her name is Rachel Joy Scott. And at the most critical time in her young life, this teenager chose to stand for the Lord. The misguided young man asked her if she believed in God, with a gun at her temple. When she answered that, yes, she did believe in God.....he told her that she could now meet Him and shot her. Because of the stand that this young person took, thousands of others have come to know the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour, even through the secular media. What the devil means for evil, the Lord will use for good.

The Lord does not tell you that when you become a Christian that all things will fall into place and you have a wonderful, cookie cutter life. In fact, the first people to come to the Lord died horrible deaths for their beliefs. So then WHY do they DO it? The answer is because this earthly life is not all there is. The Lord Jesus went to the Cross and died there, then He went to hell WITH your sins, rose from the dead triumphing OVER sin and death AND the devil, and then went into heaven to sit on the right Hand of the Father so that He could be your advocate, your lawyer...when the devil starts to accuse you of something. Jesus washed away your sins with His life. He gave His life for YOU!!! What are you going to do with it?

John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

The reason that I am writing this today is because it suddenly struck me that I have it pretty good. No one is asking me to sacrifice my life for Jesus right now. Perhaps one day that might happen but it hasn't yet. Im thankful of that because I have not been living the life I should. Oh, Im not living in major sin but does that matter? Big sin or little sin, it breaks your bond with the Lord. I am just not doing all I can do for the Lord. What really bothers me is that a teenager, who is so very much younger than I, has done something that I was not necessarily prepared to do up to now. These are dangerous times, my friend. At ANY moment, the Lord may ask you to sacrifice your life for Him. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?

I think of all the small problems that we have.....debts, car repairs, aches and pains, relationships...right or wrong... the little annoyances in life. And I'm not trying to diminish that you may be suffering in this life. But all of these things crop up everyday. What do we do about it? We might gripe or complain. We might even pray. But when something like this comes up, it shows just how small these problems REALLY are.

It is TIME to focus on the Lord. It is time to dedicate or rededicate our lives to Jesus Christ before its too late. The question I had to ask myself was......are YOU doing what the Lord has called you to do? The answer, regrettably, was no. I am ashamed of myself but NOT of the Gospel!!!!!!

So now I am asking each one of you to do this with me today. Please dedicate your life to the Lord. Do what He has called YOU to do. I dont care if its emptying the trash at the church. If He has called you to do that, do it with a smile on your face and a song in your heart. It is time to witness of the Lord. Its time to tell the world what we know. Don't treat the Gospel of Jesus Christ like a personal secret. God wants us to share it!!! The time grows so short and if we waste another minute of it in our own little problems, someone may not come to Jesus. I will NOT have that happen because of me. I will NOT be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Father, I am ashamed of myself. There are things You asked me to do that I did not do because it wasnt convenient. Please forgive me. Please forgive me of all my sins, Lord. Take the darkness from my life and wash me white as snow so that I may serve you better. Lord Jesus, come into my heart and be my Lord and Saviour. Change my heart, Lord. Take my life and use it for Your purposes, not my own. Father, diminish me so that You may Shine in my life. Let others see You instead of me. Help me to be the one You want me to be, not what I want to be. Make me Your servant, Lord. Use me for whatever You will. Holy Spirit, anoint me with Your anointing that I may do Your will. In Jesus' Name I pray these things, Amen.

Now get a bible and start reading!!!!! Be all that you can be in GOD'S army.