How do you know if it’s the right time?

My birthday was a few days ago, and along with feeling loved by my family and friends, it provided an opportunity that really makes me feel older than dirt — I can now draw on my social security if I choose. For you young people, there’s so much to think about when you are making that decision. As in, is it worth it now — or should I wait a few more years so that I can receive more money each month. It’s like I wish I had a crystal ball to know how long I’m going to live, and which one of us is going to die first. It seems there’s been so many things lately that’s made us think about all of those scenarios. It’s not the most pleasant conversation. However, it’s something we all have to do. Let’s face it, we’re all going to die. When? Only God knows.

Before my special day, I had a conference call with a social security employee. One of my questions I asked him was how soon could I get my first deposit if I decided to draw on my social security. After he told me the month and date, he said, “You would receive it then if you are still living.” A cold chill went down my spine as he said those words. Why? Because it was at this age and the exact month he mentioned that my mother died. It hit me hard — I’m that age. What if this is my time?

After a lot of reflection, I now realize I’ve already made the most important decision without any prompting from the social security office — the one that will provide eternal life with our Lord and Savior. I’ve confessed I’m a sinner and need forgiveness. Although I did that many years ago, the older I get, the more I realize how much I need Jesus. That’s where my peace comes from. The thing is, God provides hope for anyone if they believe. I pray you have opened up your heart to Jesus. If you’ve been putting it off, today is the day — because who knows when it will be your time.

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” ~ 1 Peter 1:8-9

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