Dealing with Death as a Christian

By Dan Masters, The Abundant Life

Death is something that as a Christian we are taught is a “good thing” because if you are saved then leaving this life means that you are with God in heaven for eternity. That is a whole lot better then going to hell but death can still be a scary thing.
As you may know the famous Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin died while filming by a stingray. It was a total fluke of an accident but it happened nonetheless. I was surprised to see the news on Monday morning like most people. What did shock me though was my reaction to his death – I was devastated.
I was not devastated because I knew the man or even watched him all that often. I was devastated because he was young, a husband, and a father to two very young children. I thought of the sorrow that his wife and kids must be facing knowing that they are never going to see their wonderful father on this earth in person again.
I then begun to think about my wife and kids and how sad it would be for them if I were not around to see them grow up. It was a lot to take in. There is a time for mourning but you cannot stay there too long without it affecting you and those around you.

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Yesterday I was extremely numb. I did not know what to say to my wife or my kids. We just ended up going for a walk around the neighborhood when I got home from work. Then, when I got home I went to bed – it wasn’t even 9 o’clock.
This morning I spent some time with God to just sort out what I was feeling and why.
I came to a couple of conclusions that allowed me to have some closure on the issue. If anything it has given me time to reflect on my own life and to value it. It has allowed me to look at me life and the lives of my family and see how blessed we truly are. Philippians 4:8-9 says –
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

What God helped me to realize was that even though he was gone, I was still here. I needed to take a look around and see the blessing that were in my life and think about these things.
The mind is far more powerful then most people understand and we as Christians have to be in control of it. We can choose to dwell on death and sorrow or we can look at the good things that God has done for us.
There is a time and place for mourning, but stay there only as long as necessary because although someone may have left, you are still here.

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