Thursday, January 3, 2008
And about the eternity thing . . .
Well, I've put it off long enough.
The "It's-the-New-Year-and-this-is-what-I've-learned-from-2007" post. Or the "Resolutions for 2008" post. I don't want to be cynical (though it's totally in my nature to go there first) since this blog is all about the joy, but it seemed that there was enough of that going around (and a lot of it good, dear reader) that I didn't need to add my two cents. And then I remembered that blogging is about putting in your two cents. Oh, yeah.
I was reading Big Mama and her post has really resonated with me. It has stuck with me for a couple of days now and she's said a lot of what I'd post about had she not already hit the nail on the head. So here's her link and you can check her out.
She basically talks about finding her security in the Lord as opposed to things in this world. I needed to be reminded of this. Once again. Just when I think things are going along swimmingly and I start to feel overly comfortable, I get a reminder (sometimes not so gently) that this world is not my home.
I am in fact an alien.
I am a traveler on my way to a place I've never been and yet I know it's home. I've made a brief pit stop (of sorts) to learn all I can so that when I finally reach home, I can make the very best of it and really appreciate it.
When I graduated from college a guy I respect gave a speech about this life here on earth being a kind of table of contents for our eternal experience. I think he may have been quoting or at least referring to something C.S. Lewis once said. (Hey, it was eons ago, cut me some slack.)
At any rate, it stuck with me. And I mull it over from time to time trying to evaluate if I am developing the talents God has given me and garnering the knowledge of Christ so that I'll be able to really serve and worship the way I should when I reach Heaven. Too often I find myself lacking. "Way!" To quote another great commenter of our time: Wayne of Wayne's World.
And yet that's where God comes in. He is strong when I am weak. He is faithful when I can't even depend on myself, let alone any other human. He is Peace when I am a major spaz (And let me tell you, that happens way too often).
There is great comfort in not being in control. Once you get over the fact that, you know, you're not in control.
Anyway, that's what's been going on with me these first three days of 2008. And honestly, probably for the rest of my life. I tend to learn things the hard way.
Or at least the repetitive way.
Don't forget to wear Red tomorrow and show your much needed support of our troops around the world!