Focus on the permanent...
Merriam Webster dictionary defines temporary as "lasting for a limited time". It's hard to view our money, house, car and career as something that is temporary, as we need these things to live a comfortable life. The reality is, one day, we won't need them any longer so that makes them temporary. Sure, it would be nice to have lots of money, a big 'ole house, a shining new car and a career where we feel loved and appreciated. Piece by piece all that will fade away until the final day when all these things will be of zero use to us. As the old joke goes, "you never see a hearse pulling a Uhaul trailer". In the end, will you look back and realize you only focussed on what made you TEMPORARILY comfortable? Did you forget, or say you had no time for, that one thing that ISN'T temporary? That ONE thing of course is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We sometimes forget that all these comforts we need and accumulate aren't by "our" doing, but are simply borrowed to us through God's grace and mercy. Have you thanked Him for all He's provided you today? How about thanking Him for that last breath you just took? Did He owe you that? Nope. You want to talk about something "temporary", there is nothing more so than your very life, as it could be gone with your NEXT breath. So don't wait. Make room for God each and every day. Allow Him to work in your heart and in your mind. That way, when your final day arrives, you can stand in front of God and give back all that you have borrowed from Him. Exchanging, not only what was temporary, but also handing back your heart where Jesus now dwells, guaranteeing you a new and "permanent" life with our heavenly Father for all eternity.
2/17/2018 01:46:27 pm
Great thought for the day. What race are we running anyway? The race for more of those things that fade but bring temporary status or satisfaction? Or the BIG race of life to find eternal peace with our savior. It is a struggle sometimes to discern which race I am running. Your message is encouraging. You are running the race well.
2/17/2018 08:09:07 pm
evening brother...this is Nate...glad you enjoyed the message today! Justin does the graphics but I'm doing all the content at the moment. I'm moving down to Brookfield next weekend so well have to reconnect shortly thereafter.
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