Sometimes it feels like life has grown complicated.
My daily tasks are simple enough. Once I’ve done some planning, I could walk through my days without thinking or feeling much.
And that’s the problem.
I don’t want to just go through the motions and mark time from now until Jesus calls me home.
Jim Elliot said, “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
But this world is a messy place. Experiencing all the highs & lows, allowing our feelings to be touched by the heartaches & hurts of those around us, can be painful and exhausting.
Many people end up doing whatever it takes to avoid feeling the guilt, loneliness, despair, rejection, fear, and regret that seem to characterize life. Whether it’s drowning their sorrows or closing their hearts off in a safe, little bubble.
It’s tough to be in the world but not of it.
On one hand, God put eternity in our hearts and we long for . . .
Beauty that will never fade
Love that will never die
Peace and hope and happy
Enough to fill every empty place inside us.
Yet we live in this transitory world, and just like fall turns to winter, people disappoint us, pleasures come and go, kids grow up and move on . . .
Sometimes the good-byes to be said at the end discourage us from even beginning.
We yearn to freeze our best moments and hold them close. We yearn for joys that last.
Yet we feel them slipping through our fingers.
Fortunately, God has made a way for us to straddle both words.
Because in Jesus, time and eternity meet.
He is 100 percent God, made the world, knew us before we were born, and even appeared in the Old Testament.
Yet He came as a man. He lived in this world as an eternal being limited by a human body. He ate, slept, hungered, wept, laughed, grew weary, felt pain . . . just as we do.
And this God-Man, who knows our frames and guards our hearts, helps us embrace life without fear.
In Him, we find balance, a soothing balm, a buoy to reach for when we’re sinking.
He saturates our days with eternal value as we navigate this world
And afterwards receives us into glory.
Let’s look for glimpses of glory today. Blessings, friends!
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