Pursuing Infinity: Devotional Writings
"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." -Matthew 19:26
This Way Up: The Winding Road to a Fulfilled Life
Left. Right. Up. Down.
Directions can be hard to follow—especially for those who are “directionally-challenged,” as I am. Although it hasn’t been proven, I’m certain this tendency comes from my father. For, with the passing of the family name, seems to come an inability to understand directions; thus, I often wonder the difference between East and West.
Recently coinciding with this confusion, has been uncertainty as to my life’s direction. How do I use my God-given gifts and passions? What about happiness? What about me? In the midst of these thoughts, the selfishness of such “me” statements seemed apparent, in addition to their foundation in fear. Then, a verse was brought to my mind, which proclaims, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18).
If I am worried about which course to take, then I am succumbing to fear—the opposite of what God provides through His perfect love. And, it is in this love, that God crafts His plans and provides purpose. Although I am unsure of my life’s direction, there is One Who knows; and, He shall serve as the best Guide.
Finding circumstances to be directionally-challenging? Put faith in the Father and step into the passenger’s seat. Although the route may not be short, our GPS (God-Positioning-System) won’t need to recalculate or make a U-turn.
Transcending the Coveted "Now"
It's not about us. It's not about here. It's about Him and it's about There.
Before one is to make sense of anything in life, he must first realize that nothing in this world is permanent, important, or relevant to eternity, unless it filters its existence through the Word of God. Won a prestigious award? Such an accolade is wonderful for now, but is not relevant to eternity if it cannot be Biblically utilized or applied. Redecorated a home? Its interior may be beautiful, but it is destined to fade beneath so many piles of years and hands of future homeowners. This, in essence, is life—a great undoing and a wonderful distraction of endless noises and colors, which seek to lead attention astray from all that truly matters. In this chaotic world, it is of a much higher importance that one seek to save souls through the blood of Christ, than to waste fleeting hours upon temporal feuds and jealousy. Rather, strive to implement God-given gifts into areas, which seek to further His Kingdom. Not only will this work provide an opportunity to release one's individualized purpose, but in so doing, it will prove much more pleasurable and fulfilling than a reward-centered and transformed earthly alternative. In all, no matter where one may find himself, he should strive to make the things of the world disappear into the work of Heaven— an earthly job into one with the motives of Heaven. After all, how much more important is an action, which will leave its fingerprints upon eternity than one, which provides a momentary glimpse of fulfillment?
Breaking Chains: Tribulation and the Hope of Salvation
“*And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
No matter what tribulation might appear as an immovable mountain** at this moment, may these words serve as encouragement— it will pass and it will get better. Although many hardships appear to be "ends," they are often merely paths, through which God divinely pushes something into or out of one's life; they are miniature missions in disguise, sent to target weaknesses and transform them into strengths. In truth, constant troubles (those things, which bother most frequently or with the greatest intensity) are the very circumstances, for which one ought to be most thankful. For, they are the driving mechanisms, that often lead to breaking points—subtle reminders of each person's humanity and Heavenly nuances of a Creator, Who has the power both to give and to take away. Of course, difficulties are not usually pleasant, nor should they be. If all of life were perfect, no one should ever crave Heaven; and, how utterly foolish to hope for one existence, in a world, whose best offers are fleeting and pleasing only within a moment.
For, this is truth—life is made of moments, and moments build what is referred to as "life." However, what happens in a moment does not dictate the overall sincerity and productivity of one's existence, but rather, paints a small section of the overall masterpiece. Despite the embarrassment and heartache of struggles upon this temporal earth, the hope, which is only gained in persisting through struggles by the aid of God, promises to not make ashamed. What began in sorrow can end in joy—from tears to laughter. Life may forge chains, but there is One Who is able to break them.
Pray always to Him, with the burdens on your heart.
**"And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If he have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." Matthew 17:20