Just because we do not see beyond what we do not fully understand, does not mean life will not continue on when life ends on earth.
I am inspired by men and women who lived throughout the centuries who had an understanding of knowing life was not just about here and now. They lived with an assurance of eternal life. They carried pain with strength and dignity. They believed in something greater than themselves.
It’s understandably easy to focus on all that goes wrong in our lives. Especially when one thing after another goes wrong. Especially when you know you’ve worked really hard at something, only to have it taken away.
We all have moments like this in life. It’s important, especially these days with social networking (e.g Facebook, Twitter) where everyone has a platform and an audience, to not compare yourself with others. Because that snapshot of their day is not indicative of them being better off than you.
Let me say it again: that snapshot of their day is not indicative of them being better off than you.
Where is your focus? You get to choose, you know.
Focus begins with those moments throughout the day that give us a smile or a memory. You know, the little things.
When I see a new bird show up at the feeder, this makes me happy. I can have so much on my mind, and yet, this little bird makes time stop and all is well.
When the colors begin to pop up through the last traces of melted snow, this makes me happy.
All of us are surrounded by creation and we are wired to respond. Summer nights watching the dotted flashes of orange glow in the meadow, the pitter-patter of rain lulling us off to sleep, and do we ever get tired of looking at sunsets?
Focusing on the beauty is not denying the existence of ugliness. It’s choosing to believe the beauty is there for a reason. Otherwise God would not have put it there.
It gives us hope. It helps us trust.
And it’s the true snapshot of eternal life with God.