A news source said it best this way, “The country fell in love with a country boy.”
Chris Rock called Andy Griffith “the original Cosby.”
Andy Griffith died this week. The world has lost a good man. And I am left with this strange feeling…I feel as if I have lost a very close friend and yet I never met him.
Andy Griffith was a true American treasure. BUT if truth be told, Andy is more alive now than we are at this very moment in time. He was a strong believer in Jesus, and was never ashamed of his faith. I absolutely loved what his wife, Cindi, shared in the following statement, “Andy Griffith was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called home to his Lord.”
What a statement!
“HE WAS READY…”
There could be no better gift to give your family and friends: the ultimate “YES!”—that you will see them again.
Let’s be honest….have you ever known someone who suddenly died, and left you wondering and biting your nails because you just didn’t know for sure where he or she was headed?
“If only…” enters your mind. “If only we would have talked about it…”
It’s an easy way out to say to yourself, “Well, God knows…” and go on with the busyness of life. …Then something will remind you of your loss, and the question strikes again…leaving you with that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach, “What if I had only . . .”
This life is not at all like the fictional sleepy town of Mayberry, but YOU can be like the REAL Andy Griffith who knew his Lord personally and, like his wife, be ready to be called home.
With all of your heart take a moment a pray this prayer. There is nothing magical about the words you use. It is the attitude of your heart that God cares about.
“Father, I know that I have sinned against You. Please forgive me. Wash me clean. I promise to trust in Jesus, Your Only Son. I believe that He died for me. He took my sin upon Himself when He died on the cross. I believe that He was raised from the dead. I surrender my life to Jesus today. Thank You, Father, for Your gift of forgiveness and eternal life. Please help me to live for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
The Bible promises that when you sincerely ask God for forgiveness, and trust in Jesus, you will experience a new life:
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” ~Romans 10:9
But what next?
1. Find a good church (I can help, just contact me!)
2. Get a Bible at Barnes and Noble, Target, Wal-Mart. If you are in need of a free one, let me know right here on the blog and I will send it out today.
3. If you just invited Jesus into your life today, I am so excited for you and want to hear about it. Please let me know and send a private note today under “Contact.”