Friday, March 6, 2009

Embracing Eternity

The challenge this week is to embrace eternity and ask ourselves "then what?" This is the ultimate question. The past several weeks have been to act like we were dying. So what if you did love deeper, spoke sweeter, offered forgiveness....then what?

No matter what situation you are in this is the question we should be asking ourselves. Maybe you have lost weight to become healthier. .....then what? Maybe you have lost your job or just the opposite received a promotion....then what? Maybe you are in debt or maybe you have become debt free....then what? Maybe you have lost a loved one .....then what? Maybe everything you have been praying for is coming to pass or maybe none of your prayers have been answered.....then what?

Every situation in our life is a "then what" situation. When we can really answer the "then what" question we are embracing eternity and we are no longer questioning God. It is at this point we can come to peace with the fact that God is God no matter what.

I believe it is human nature to always want more, but then what? What do you do when you have everything you ever wanted? Is this the time to just lay down and die? I often hear people say, "If I only had (fill in the blank) I would be happy." But that is simply not true. Happiness comes when we can say no matter what I will serve the Lord. It is at this point that we know we serve the Lord not because of the blessings we might receive on Earth, but because He is the Lord worthy of all our praise no matter what. I think of Paul in prison and in chains praising the Lord. This is someone who could answer the "then what" question.

Embracing eternity is not easy. We can choose to Live Like We're Dying (because we are) or we can live in denial and never experience all that the Lord has for us. No matter what you are going through right now ask yourself "then what" and see if asking yourself this simple question can help put things into perspective.

Melissa - Mid Week Minder Team

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