Today, I’m thankful for life. I’m thankful for life here, and the life that God promises that is to come.
Colossians 3:1-7, ‘ Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.’
I’m thankful for the redemption of Christ. Without Him, I would be still so lost and broken. With Him, I am becoming fuller everyday, despite my own weakness.
Life is so short. I think I realize that more and more as I get older. I realized that especially when I was struggling with ED. I realized that each day, each breath, each moment was a gift, and not too be taken for granted. And I’m not even that old. O_O
Every time a loved one passes on, I’m reminded that life is not forever on this earth. And that brings me back to the question, ‘Why do I live? What’s my purpose here?’
I know that my purpose was not to just live and die. I know that I didn’t evolve to die. I know that there was a precious story told in Genesis 1-3 that rings SO true. Genesis 1:26-31, ‘And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.’
Our purpose was more than to just exist or to make someone smile. It was to walk with God. It was to talk with Him. It was to take dominion of the WHOLE earth for the glory of God.
We had a glorious purpose, and we still do. The only thing that put a blockade or a stone wall between us and that was the sin in the garden. When Adam and Eve sinned, they saw that they were ‘naked.’ They knew that they had lost something. They had lost communion with God, favor with God.
Like a loving Father, God did not abandon them. Like a loving father, who disciplines his children, when they are bad, God did enact consequences on Adam and Eve for their sin, but He did NOT leave them without hope. He left them with the hope that the ‘seed of the woman’ would crush the head of the serpent.
That is Jesus Christ our Lord. Paul, himself, spoke of the purpose of the Christian on this earth in Philippians 1:21-25, ‘For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.’
Every day I’m having to remind myself that to LIVE is Christ, but to DIE no longer holds any fear. Death is uncertain, because I don’t know when or how it will come, but I know that I can be confident in the promise that Jesus Christ said that, ‘He will go prepare a place for us.’
This is purpose. This is joy. I know that each day here can be lived for the Lord Jesus Christ, and I’m learning to trust Him that someday, when I do die, I will only go on to be in heaven with Him, by His grace alone, and not by anything that I have done.
And while I live here, I am so thankful that I can thank God for so many of His awesome gifts that I can enjoy. . . GOD is GOOD!
Delicious mac n’ cheese with my family…
Crunchy peanut butter
A spontaneous HUGE bowl of cereal that proved to me just how much God has removed ED out of my life.
A hot bowl of ‘Proats’ (Protein Oatmeal) for Sunday morning breakfast before a day of worship of our awesome God!
Snow crystals on the porch rail… I can’t imagine how God makes each snowflake so carefully.
Do you like snow?
What is your favorite kind of peanut butter?