Jan 6, 2023
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE
This alert was issued over the television, radio and cellphones in
the state of Hawaii. Because of the escalating tensions with
North Korea, many people had great reason to believe what they were
hearing. For 38 minutes, the people on the island began to prepare
for the end. It was chaos.
The PGA Hawaii Open just so happened to be taking place. One of the
reporters from the Golf Channel quickly shifted gears from golf
commentary to doomsday event. He began to describe how
the golfers were dealing with the impending missile strike; some
hid in the bathtubs, others got in cars and headed for the
mountains. One common action made by all were phone
calls, telling people that they loved them and scrambling to
get things in order as the end approached. For 38 minutes
people realized that everything on their Someday
List wasn’t going to be accomplished because they were
running out of time.
After 38 minutes it was discovered that the text message alert
wasn't true--there were no inbound ballistic missiles. Here's
question to ponder. Was this false alarm fortunate or
unfortunate? It would be fascinating to learn if this
false alarm was pivotal in key life change decisions. Did
people just go back to normal or did they start to intentionally
take care of their Someday List?
Here's the uncomfortable truth: we are all running out
of time. Whether it’s 38 minutes, one month, one year or
50 years…from where we are right now to someday…we are
running out of time.
We all have a Someday List; that list of New
Years Resolutions or goals we set out to accomplish someday.
They range from getting healthy, to living debt free, to sharing
our faith with our friend. All good goals. All worthy steps in
living a new life. The only problem is, they are slated to be
A consistent theme throughout Scripture is: Be
Here's an example from Jesus.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day
your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house
had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have
kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you
also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour
when you do not expect him.” ~ Matthew 24:42-44
Life is all about the unexpected. We don't know when the emergency
text is going to arrive or the dreaded phone call or the grave
message from the doctor. Much like the residents of Hawaii four
years ago, we have been given an Emergency Warning Message. We had
better get to that Someday List, today!
Answer this question: What do you need to do today, so
that you will be ready when someday comes?
To help answer that question, give a listen to this practical
sermon to help you prepare.