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We just concluded a series of services within our local conference called a "revival". Neil Gilliland from the International Missions office of our denomination spoke and did a phenomenal job.  His messages were so practical and to the point.  One of the things he referred to a few times during the revival was our attitude towards life.

It seems that a lot of people, maybe the majority, always look at the glass being half empty rather than half full. Now I know that we all encounter instances that are sometimes severe - like the loss of a job or the death of a loved-one.  Remember this: our understanding of how big God is and the power He has is seen in our response to those "severe" times.

My dad was married to my mom for over 30 years.  During the majority of her life with him, she had Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  She was not even supposed to see me enjoy my 12th birthday but she did.  Later on, she was diagnosed with *** cancer - a cancer that took her life at the young age of 54.  During all of this time my dad was a pastor.  He not only had the care of the church he was responsible for but the care of his wife - my mom.

In all of that time, I never heard a word of regret come out of his mouth.  He was happy with his beautiful wife and his job as a pastor and just trusted God that He would take care of these "severe" situations.  

Whenever a situation occurs, we have a choice. We can look at it with the "half empty" mentality or we can try to understand that God has His purpose - His will planned for every situation and event in our lives.

Trust God.  I know times get tough.  I have been and will be there again.  I have learned this past week from Neil that in all things, I need to be content and just trust the One who loves me and gave His life for me (Hebrews 13:5).

Blessings!

PB

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Once again tomorrow, I will be conducting a funeral.  I don’t know how many I have done in my life but I’d say it’s approaching 100.  This service will be a little closer to my heart because it is the great aunt of my wife, Cheri.  There will be several family members there that I know God wants to speak to so I want to make sure I do it right and let God have total use of me.

Every funeral reminds me of the brevity of life.  I was thinking yesterday that if you would take the whole of our life from birth to demise and compare it to the hard to understand concept of eternity, it would be like contrasting a single, solitary grain of sand with ALL the sand in ALL the world.  Life is so short yet we seem to focus so much on that little grain of sand we call our life.

God doesn’t look at life that way. A couple scriptures give us insight into God’s perspective: James 4:14 “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”  2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints.”

All these verses teach us that God looks at our lives with an eternal perspective.  He is aware and involved in our extremely short life here on earth but is more concerned about our grain of sand within the realm of the kingdom – within the realm of eternity.

After reading Psalm 116:15 above, I guess God gets all excited and looks forward to our death so we can be with Him and see all He has prepared for us.  I wonder - should we change our perspective? Absolutely! Let’s be less concerned with the grain of sand and more concerned about the eternal impact we make for God while we have the opportunity - before our vapor disapears.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good name is better than precious ointment, And the day of death than the day of one's birth.”

Have a great day with the proper perspective!Bill

 

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