There once was a man who had raised 5 children. He was a Godly man doing his best to raise his family in the ways of God. Over the course of time, his children grew, all experiencing the different trials and temptations of life, like we all do.

There once was a man who had raised 5 children. He was a Godly man doing his best to raise his family in the ways of God. Over the course of time, his children grew, all experiencing the different trials and temptations of life, like we all do.
Then one day the man began to fall ill, and as days passed his condition grew worse. Eventually, realizing that his time on earth seemed to be drawing near, he called his children to his bedside, giving them instructions to prepare for his departure and their future.
At the end, to each he began to call them by name with his last words  “Good night, son, good night, my daughter,” except for one to whom he said “good-bye, my son.” Knowing that his father had spoken differently to him than his other brothers and sisters, he asked, “Father, why did you say ‘good-bye’ instead of ‘good night,’ like the rest?”
The father replied, “Because, son, your brothers and sisters have chosen to remain faithful to my teachings of living for Christ. One day we will again be reunited in heaven. Yet you have always lived loosely with the things of God. You have not done God’s will nor ever really tried. Therefore, you and I will surely end up in a different place. And so it has to be ‘good-bye,’ for we will never meet again.”
This should make us all think. For the reality is the same for us. None of us can make it to heaven on the Christian living of others before us. Between heaven and hell, we alone will make that decision by ourselves and how we choose to live.

Mark Taylor is president of KNEO Radio — 91.7 FM. He is available to speak at churches and events. Contact him at mtaylor@ kneo.org. Follow him on Twitter @kneo91.