Tuesday, June 15, 2010

One Day at a Time

God is Eternal
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.  Revelation 22:13

Many of us find it hard to live in the moment.  We are often focused on our next meeting, our next trip, or our next paycheck.  We seem to talk about what’s next, failing to live in the present. What would it look like if we slowed down and embraced the present?  If we did not worry about what was next, but what is now?  Would we be less hurried, spend more time building relationships, and give up trying to control everything?  Could our quality of life be dramatically improved?

Taking things minute by minute allows us to enjoy the present and give up trying to control the future. God’s plan is that one day we will live with Him in eternity - a place without time, where there is no past and no future, just the present.  Today, He longs for us to live with Him in the present as well. Consequently, there would be no fear, no anxiety, no insecurity, and a fullness in our hearts as we live out each moment, trusting God with the timing and the outcomes.    

I have seen the burden God has laid on men.  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.   Ecclesiastes 3:10-11

Because God is eternal, we can live in the moment in confidence with Christ.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Patience is a Virtue

God is Love

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.   It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  1 Corinthians 13:3-5

Maybe you struggle with patience while you stand in line, are put on hold, or wait for a response to an important question….What about people who wait a lifetime to see change in a loved one and never loose hope?  The people who care for a special needs child or a parent who no longer can care for themselves….Their patience is amazing.  Maybe their strength comes from something greater than themselves – possibly it stems from a love that is so deep it can’t be described. 

That indescribable love is the same kind of love that God has for each one of us.  He waits patiently for us to acknowledge Him as Creator and Giver of all things and invite Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of our lives.  He won’t force you but He’ll never stop pursuing you.  He waits patiently, eagerly, lovingly.

For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.   Matthew 7:8

Because God is love, He waits patiently for us to accept Jesus as Lord of our lives.