Few have not heard or can forget Frank Sinatra’s huge hit song “I Did It My Way.” It is one of those songs along with the mellow, unique voice of Sinatra that sticks in your mind and causes you to hum along.
The opening lines are: “And now, the end is near; And so I face the final curtain; My friend, I’ll say it clear; I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.” Of course he then repeats the title throughout, “And I did it my way.”
General William Booth, founder of the great organization The Salvation Army, that has helped millions, said that many were more intelligent, many were better preachers, and many were more qualified, but “God has had all there was of me.”
What a contrast! “I did it my way,” or “God has had all there was of me.” The Bible says in James 4:8, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
One thing Sinatra was right about, “And now, the end is near and so I face the final curtain.” Every one of us is only one heartbeat away from facing our Creator. Our lives are on loan from God. We will answer to Him for what we did with the life he loaned us for a few years.
Sinatra’s opening line reminds us of what the Bible says: “You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” James 4:14-15
Sinatra entertained us and had an audience with the wealthiest people in the world. Booth grew up poor, served the poor, and became known as “The Prophet of the Poor.”
God sacrificed His own Son, Jesus Christ, so you could have eternal life. The first and most important question when you stand on judgment day is: What you did do with Jesus? Then the next question is: How did you live for Him? “I did it my way,” or “God has had all there was of me”?
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