2013 reflections: A woman’s death shows importance of doing God’s will

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Writer Janelle Williams

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (BNc) by Janelle Williams — As I reflect on 2013, one incident that happened this year stands out in my mind. A woman I met on Facebook contacted me and told me she wanted to learn more about God. She admitted to me she was concerned what her friends might think of her decision to change her life.

She and I talked about God and the importance of doing his will. She was receptive. Six days later, this woman drowned while taking a morning swim in the ocean!

I never knew her final decision. Did she decide to put God first? Or did her friends matter more to her than him? Only God knows.

It is clear that God knew he had given her enough time to make her decision.

Here is my point: Putting God before everyone else is not only right, it is wise. We should never allow anybody (or anything) to be more important to us than doing God’s will.

Janelle is a part of the Hilltop congregation in El Segundo, Calif.

Do you have a reflection as you look back on 2013, based on some event or special moment? Send it with a photo of yourself and your location and congregation to BNc at randal@brotherhoodnews.com.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

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  1. Tom Brannan

    This is a sobering story. Since nothing is known of her “final decision” we do not know whether or not this woman obeyed the gospel. I hope that she did. God is the only Judge, but His Word says we must obey the gospel and then live faithfully in order to receive eternal salvation. Your point is well taken. Thank you for sharing your story.

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