Clarence the angel:  “Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.”

How many “one another’s” are there in the New Testament?  There are almost one hundred “one another’s” in the New Testament alone, giving conclusive evidence that we need one another and the community of fellowship of the believers.   It’s no coincidence that the church is called the Body of Christ, “as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Rom 12:4-5) and “just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ” (1st Cor 12:12).

Clarence the angel: “You see, George, you’ve really had a wonderful life.  Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it all away?”

There are a few heroes of the faith that wanted God to take them home and many a Christian who wanted to end their life because of an incurable and highly painful disease but where God intends as a comma, we cannot make it a period.  God will use our sufferings, perhaps as a way to comfort others as the Apostle Paul wrote that it is God “who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2nd Cor 1:4) and so in this way, suffering is never wasted but used for God’s glory and other’s good.

Clarence the angel: “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives.  When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

This is so true.  Every one of us can make a great deal of difference in the lives of so many and that can be for good or for bad.  The question is, will we live like Christians and be light to a dark, sin-stained world or will we hide our light because never should “people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house” (Matt 5:15).  If the lost never see a light, they’ll never even know they’re still in darkness.