Today a question was asked of me: "What is it gonna take for you to stop being affected with the things of this world that upset you and realize that compared to the kingdom, all of this is insignificant?"
I was talking to a friend of mine who found a lump in her breast.. She does not have cancer, but she said "If I learned that I had cancer, would the offenses that I hold on to now mean anything to me at all? No, they would not. I would be too focused on the Lord and the time I had left on this earth"
So what is it going to take for me to get over hurt feelings, misunderstandings, offenses, and indignation? Do I need God to make something incredibly significant (and probably not good) happen to me before I stop looking around and start looking up? When am I going to realize that it's all just so stupid? That I don't need to be offended, strike first, strike back, defend myself or confront anyone who acts in a manner that I don't approve of?
What is it gonna take?
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
What does man gain from all his labor
at which he toils under the sun?
Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.
If my house caught on fire right now would I care about a few stupid disagreements or misunderstanding? If my daughter were hit by a car today (God forbid) would someone's opinion mean anything to me? If my husband didn't make it home safely would it matter to me if someone may have the wrong idea about me?
If I were standing before God himself, would anything else matter? At all?
What is it gonna take for me to realize; to really, really understand that though my life on earth is limited, how I live my life on this earth will determine my reward in Heaven? And what is it gonna take for me to live that way?
You know, my house is not on fire right now, but that doesn't mean it won't ever be.. I can think that I will live a long life and that I will have plenty of time to get my self together, but the truth is; I don't know that.. I could die today.. And if I did, and I stood before God today, could I hold my head up and say that I did everything that I could have done to live the way He wanted me to?
No, I could not..
Because I can do better..