Final Goodbye (@jasonbordeaux1 @trackstarz)

This past Saturday, I lost a friend and co-worker who fought a battle with cancer. He was 66 years old and battled cancer for 9 months. He and I worked third shift together for a little over five years. For all five years, I knew this man was not a born again Christian and did not believe in Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Knowing this, I worked next to him with all intentions of talking to him about it but it never actually happened. I would make short comments like “Praise Jesus” or “I pray this or that doesn’t happen.” He would ignore these statements and carry on. We had a few short discussions about the afterlife and he was truly convinced that once we die, that was the end of the story. I finally decided to give up.

We had a close enough relationship to the point where I was the last one to find out he had cancer. It was too hard for him to tell me outright and I could understand why. When he finally told me he had stage 4 lung cancer, I told myself I was going to talk to him once again about accepting Christ. I kept putting it off and told myself I would bring it up the next week and so on. Eventually he got to the point where he was unable to come to work anymore. He was in and out of the hospital for about 3 months. When I finally got to the point where I was going to talk with him about the most important decision of his life, it was too late. He died moments before I saw him last.

On Datin’s album “The Roar,” Datin has a song regarding a similar situation called “Final Goodbye.” It discusses a friend he was on the way to minister to and didn’t have the chance. If you have had a similar situation in your life, I pray (along with Datin and myself) we can all move on and be fearless in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:19

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

Jason Bordeaux

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