About Being…

Today’s ‘junk’ mail caught my attention – in bold pink letters it read: The Perfect Life Is In Your Future.

At first I rolled my eyes because the flyer was for a Senior Living Workshop. One, I can’t get into the whole senior thing because technically I’m not there yet (close, but not yet). Two, because I’m a ‘Boomer’, old is not part of our vocabulary. But then it struck me: whoever put this flyer together was exactly right, the perfect life is in my future. Is it in yours?

Don’t know about you, but I would not describe life in this world as ‘perfect’. There are wonderful sweet memories, and dear ones I love, but there has been and will be hardship, tears, and struggles. As the flyer indicated a perfect life is in the future, it can’t be right now. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2Corinthians 4:16-17 NIV)

We tend to measure life by a seven letter word: success. Ask seven different people to define success – get seven different answers. Ann Voskamp said “Success isn’t about being amazing, it’s about being obedient.”

Pause…call yourself a Christian and measure success this way: “This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome.” (1John 5:3 NIV)

Like it or not, this life is temporary. A lot of good word pictures describe it’s briefness: ‘a dash between two dates’, a vapor or mist that disappears quickly. But most ignore that though life is short, eternity is forever. And we are all created with eternity in us – where we spend it is the question. Eternally with God? Or eternally separated from God?

Success? It’s about being obedient and trusting God’s got this.:  “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2Corinthians 4:18 NIV)

 

 

4 Comments on “About Being…

  1. Well stated Paris. It is like we have been conditioned to want more or bigger as you stated. It is not until we realize who we are in Christ that we can live a life of contentment. God wants to bless us and help us to prosper in everything we do as we seek to live for and glorify Him. Christ is all we need. Such a pleasure to visit your site today. It is always a joy to meet other writers who share God’s truth. I hope you have a wonderful week and may God bless you and yours.

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    • Horace, first thank you for visiting today – and I visited your site and LOVE it. Your story is amazing and touches me personally as my mom at 72 passed away from a brain aneurysm. So grateful for the physical healing God has worked in you and for your powerful witness for Him. Keep on writing for the One who has blessed you with your talent for words and a heart for the lost. Blessings, sweet friend, just think, someday we will meet and rejoice so much!

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  2. Success as obedience — that’s perfect. If we do what we’re put here to do, then we have succeeded in this life. I like that. Lately, I think I’d define success as just managing to get through the day with my mind intact. 🙂 The bar is kinda low right now, *smile.* 🙂 Eternity with Him is success’s true end. — Thanks for sharing, friend. ((xoxo))

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    • Right there with you – making it through each day is sometimes enough, isn’t it 🙂 The great thing is He works out ‘success’ in us – and that obedience He uses to help others along the way. Win, win – always with Him!

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