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8/1/2020 12:01:00 AM
The Fear Of Losing Something You Love!

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC

We have all experienced the feeling of fear and helplessness in misplacing or losing something that is important to us. I can’t tell you how many times I have misplaced my keys and began a process of looking for them that would make CSI look like amateurs. I have learned to keep my calm instead of losing my temper as I look for whatever is missing because being angry doesn’t help.

To be honest, I don’t know how many times getting angry has helped me with anything! When you give it some thought, it makes no sense to be angry at keys that you can’t find, because it is not their fault they are lost, it is your fault. That’s right, I said it! The only person you can be angry at when you lose your keys is yourself, unless you can blame your wife, kids, or cats for hiding your keys. However, this never works for me because my family has their own keys and the cats never want to drive anywhere, so it is always on me. 

When I get my family to help me look for something that I have misplaced, one of them will eventually say, “Where was the last place you left it?” Ah, why didn’t I think of that? If I knew where I left the item, it wouldn’t be lost, now would it? Sarcasm towards the people who are trying to help you works about as much as being angry. It is best to have a spirit of humility when you are asking for help, at least people will be more enthused to help you if they feel pity for your situation.

I remember a Valentine’s Day a few years ago when I had bought my wife a nice gift and card. I was pleased with my ingenuity in buying her gift without her knowing about it, which by the way is not easy to do. That night I was preaching and for some strange reason I glanced down at my left hand and noticed that something was missing. All my fingers were in place, but my wedding ring was missing! Talk about losing your train of thought! I have had this same wedding band for almost 30 years, and I never take it off. Well, I did take it off once when Sherry and I were first married. We were in seminary and I had showered before I went to work the second shift at a convenience store outside of Wake Forest. I had never worn rings, and I couldn’t get used to wearing something around my finger. My wife came by to visit me at work that evening and asked me why I wasn’t wearing my wedding ring. I can’t exactly remember my answer to her, nor can I remember her response to me, but that was the last day I didn’t wear my wedding ring, up till now. After I finished my sermon, I announced to the congregation that I had lost my wedding ring and needed help finding it (before my wife found out!). People looked under the pews, on the pews, and around the pulpit. No wedding ring. Then things got worse. My wife walks into Church and someone tells her I have lost my wedding ring. Believe it or not, she was extremely calm and began to ask me questions to help me remember the last time I could recollect wearing my ring. I had worn it so long that it had become a part of me, but now a part of me was somewhere else!

As important as my wedding ring is to me, there are some things that are more important. I realize that just about anything you have, someone can take from you or you can lose it. Jesus talked about the most important possession a man can possess, his soul. Matthew 16:25-26 says, “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” Today, take the time you need to make sure your soul belongs to Jesus, the only One who can keep it safe for now and all eternity. Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!

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