Life and Longevity

Life is not measured by its longevity but by its quality. John Boy Walton, of the popular Walton series TV Miniseries, quipped, “Life is not measured by birthdays but by memories.” Life has its up and downs. Life always has those moments when we question the unexpected loss of someone we held dear to us but God said He alone is the giver of life. God expresses the quality of life is based on the fear of God so life and death are in the hands of God. There are parts of life and much of death we don’t understand. In fact, we know very little of what the other side looks like.

The Bible tells us about the streets of gold, the Crystal Sea, gates of pearl, the throne of God but little about what life is like in the eternal heavens. Jesus tells us He has gone to prepare a mansion for us but doesn’t tell us why we need a mansion in heaven. Jesus tells us there is no marriage nor giving of marriage in heaven; yet we will be known as we are known. Yet there is much about life in heaven we don’t understand. We wonder – what really awaits us after death, we speculate, wish and hope.

But there is one scripture in the Holy Bible that helps me more than any other. In Hebrews 11:1 -2b Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; …..  These witnesses are not mourning their passing but are rather standing on the balcony of heaven but watching below those who are still running the race. Not tears but applause. Not sorrow but cheering; Cheering on those who are yet to cross the finish line; Applause for everyone to run well; Applauding our efforts as we move closer and closer to the finish line.

In the stillness, of the midnight. Precious sacred scenes unfold,*  tears run silently down our cheek, in the pain of loneliness grips our soul, we are compelled to listen, to listen carefully to the soft applause of our loved one; “run, run well; keep on running, cross the finish line with faith; we applaud you.”

So while we may not see them it is definitely clear that they can see us and they are cheering us on – yes, you can make it.

 

*Precious Memories, original lyrics, © 1966 by Stamps-Baxter Music & Printing Co. J. B. F. Wright, author-composer of “Precious Memories” (originally copyrighted in 1925)

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Facing Opposition

Every moment of opposition is an opportunity for advancement. Maybe it is a job related problem. Turmoil in your home. Or, a neighbor. Whatever the opposition there is always an exit strategy. Problems are never finale.

You must know there is a way to win because behind every opponent is a weak link.

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Pray your way through the problem. There is not a better way than to depend on someone bigger than you. When David faced Goliath he turned to God for help. God is bigger than your Goliaths.

Come in the Spirit of forgiveness. You can meet your opponent with the same fire in your bosom as your opponent or you can come with a willingness to mend the broken relationship with a forgiving heart. Not every opponent wants to end the opposition peacefully but fighting fire with fire – someone will get burnt.

Fasting can break the bond. There are many testimonies of friends who have seen dramatic freedom through fasting and prayer – even for one day. You may not have the power to break the shackles but God can.

Keep a sweet spirit. You are not responsible for their actions but you are responsible for your reactions. Choose to keep a smile on your face and the bitterness out of your heart.

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