Why Are You Still Here?

by | May 15, 2021 | Encouragement, Purpose

Two years ago, in April 2018, a troubled young man drove a van erratically down Yonge Street in Toronto, Canada. He veered on and off the sidewalk, killing ten people and seriously injuring fourteen others. It was a terrible occurrence that I observed from my balcony in the residence where I live.

One of our residents, who has been a close friend ever since she and her husband moved here, had just left the pharmacy near our abode. If her timing had been just a few minutes different, she would have been the dead body lying on the sidewalk in front of the pharmacy.

Recalling the terrible incident with Lil, I posed the question, “Why are you still here?” Her reply was, “I guess I haven’t yet completed all the work that God has for me to do.”

Lil is a very spiritual person with a strong faith. She is one of the most helpful residents, always encouraging others and truly being a blessing to our home.

It immediately made me think of this verse:

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ” (Ephesians 2:10 KJV)

Some months ago, I was feeling sorry for myself and missing my wife, with whom I shared everything for more than six decades before she passed to her heavenly reward. A member of the staff was in my room and I expressed to her my desire to pack it in and join my wife.

Virgie quickly responded, “Mr. Walter, you can’t. You must keep writing those devotionals. I have a little study group, and we use them for discussion.”

When I mentioned this to our resident hairdresser, Rosa said that she, too, had a little prayer group where they periodically use some of my devotional material.

This led me to recall why I started writing these devotionals. While I had previously been receiving these daily devotionals for many years, in response to a comment I sent in, the editor e-mailed me in 2017 and encouraged me to write one myself. I accepted the challenge, and in December 2017, he published the first one. Since then, Robin has published more than fifty.

What do Lil, Virgie, Rosa, and Robin have in common? They are all encouragers. They have certainly encouraged me to keep going, and I have observed them encouraging many others.

The challenge for me, and probably for you also, is to share God’s love with others and to encourage them.

“We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:7-10 NIV)

We don’t know how long we will be here, but while we are still here, we should do His good works.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for allowing us to still be here. Help us to realize that we are here to do Your good works by encouraging others. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Vincent Walter
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Why Are You Still Here?