A woman in Florida had a malignant tumor in the facial area. Her physician told her that the only available treatments would cause much pain and some disfigurement. The treatments did not offer a cure, but they would probably buy her more time. She listened and then said, 'No thanks, doctor, I'm not going to take the treatments.' Somewhat alarmed, he said, 'Look, if you don't take the treatments you are going to die.' With an angelic smile and a steady faith she replied, 'Doctor, I didn't come here to stay.'

All of us are transients on this earth -- some here for 90 years, some for 50, and some for less than a year. This life is just a prelude to the main event. That does not mean that this life is unimportant. It just means that the most important thing one can do on this earth is to make reservations for eternity.

(Bill Bouknight, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN)