Ultimately, the only thing that really matters is that I am His. If you ask me to describe myself I will tell you I am a husband, father, preacher, pastor, leader, son, brother, guitar player, and other things like that. But what if all those things were taken away from me? Or what if I was on my deathbed right now facing eternity? This is the sobering reality of life. One day I am not going to be a preacher or a pastor, or any of those other things. All the things that define me now will be gone, and I will simply be His.
For the moment, He gives me air to breathe, health to live, sermons to preach, people to shepherd, children to be a father to, and a wife to love. For these things I am thankful.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21)