So as I thrust my “technology ignoramus” self into the world of blogging, today I discovered that there is a site that gives you a word – just one word – as a writing prompt for your blog. I thought I’d go with that for today’s post. Hope you enjoy.
“TEMPORARY”…Hmmm…My initial thoughts centered around the temporary nature of earthly things. All of our possessions and most accomplishments will eventually be useless to us, but what’s done for God – our spiritual walk, the way we love and help others – that is eternal. So many issues that we stress and worry about, and fear and think about, may not even matter next week or next month or next year.
A few quotes and Scriptures also came to mind almost immediately:
Missionary C.T. Studd’s lines: “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.” (His poem can be read in its entirety here: http://paulhockley.com/2016/05/24/quote-only-one-life-twill-soon-be-past-poem-by-c-t-studd/
Martyred missionary Jim Elliot’s quote: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” (If you haven’t read his life story, you are missing out!) Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot (Lives of Faith))
Christian comedian and musician Mark Lowry’s comment that his favorite verse is, “And it came to pass….” Get it???
And, finally, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; “17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
I also like the Living Bible translation. I remember my mom reading her well-worn, mostly underlined, olive-green Living Bible throughout my childhood. Here is how this version puts it:
“17 These troubles and sufferings of ours are, after all, quite small and won’t last very long. Yet this short time of distress will result in God’s richest blessing upon us forever and ever! 18 So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”
What comforting, promising words! Aren’t you thankful for the hope of eternal life? And isn’t it a relief that God sees the big picture and is in control?
What do YOU think of when you hear the word “temporary”? Let me know in the comments.
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