For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. - Romans 8:18
Our days are numbered here on earth. The time we spend in this broken world, dealing with heartache and trials is momentary compared to the eternity we will spend with Him, and it is nothing compared to the glory that is to be revealed to us. Focusing on the fact that this is not our home has always brought me peace when I am facing injustices or troubling circumstances. It is true there is peace to be found there, but the problem with this perspective is it has had me focusing on the trials, and I don't think that's what God's plan is for us.
My diagnosis changed my perspective on what my focus should be with the time I have left on this earth. When my fears well up inside me, I remind myself that yes - my days on this earth may be numbered, but the reality is cancer doesn't number my days, Jesus does. Every single day I have is a gift from Him - always has been and always will be, no matter how many I have left. They're numbered. We're not meant to be idly gliding through our days, letting life just happen around us. We're meant to be intentional about the time we have here. We're not meant to be holding on till the end, rocking in the corner somewhere, looking at the evil in the world and our trials, just finding peace in the fact that all this will be over eventually - that's not His plan. We are meant to live our faith out loud.
Those of us who are believers in Christ have a purpose and a mission for our numbered days - we are to be making disciples. Not some of the time, all of the time. Every day we get up, go to work, spend time with the family, run errands or do chores, we are to be working on our mission. Every encounter we have with another person should be purposeful and working toward fulfilling the great commission in some way - whether it is a gentle or patient response, a kind or loving word, a joyful outlook on a challenging situation, an encouragement to someone struggling, or a humble act of service to others. Every word I say, every look I give, every shallow conversation and every deep one - they should all be pointing people to Him in some way.
I could spend my numbered days with a focus on the challenges I'm dealing with in my life, complaining to others or feeling sorry for myself, trying to make my life easier or more fulfilled, or I could make every single day I've got here count for the kingdom. I want to live every moment as an opportunity to share His love with others - that's where you will find an abundance of peace and joy in your life. Every moment counts.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
Popular posts from this blog
I am a believer in Christ, and I have breast cancer. On August 17, 2017, I was diagnosed with an aggressive (HER2+), recurrent (hormone negative) type of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. At this point, they have not yet staged my cancer because they are waiting for the biopsy results from a suspicious spot in the second breast. The biopsy is scheduled for September 5th, with a lumpectomy to follow on September 7th. They will formally stage my cancer after they biopsy my lymph nodes, which will be taken during the surgery. It doesn't make any sense to me that I have a cancer diagnosis - I am a fairly healthy woman who runs 2 miles almost every day and eats a gluten-free, primarily paleo diet, with no family history at all. But it makes sense to God, and so here I am. Update ~ They found 4 isolated invasions during the lumpectomy. Due to the nature of my cancer (HER2+ and ER-), the recommended protocol is chemotherapy and radiation. Beginning in October, my chemotherapy regime
Hi friends - This is a bittersweet post. This journal entry will be my last post on this forum. God has been moving in my heart and the heart of my husband, and He has called us to join forces to write a blog together on marriage. I still plan to post daily devotions, but they will be focused on marriage and posted on our new platform. There will also be additional content - our testimonies and stories, as well as my husband’s thoughts on marriage. We don’t know where God plans you take us in this journey, but we are excited, humble servants and willing to go where He leads. I want to take a moment to thank all of you. I am deeply grateful for those of you who have taken this difficult journey with me. God has done some amazing things through this blog, and I will be forever grateful for the way He has used it to grow my heart closer to Him. I would love for each of you to continue to follow my husband and me at our new site: graceinmarriage.com Hope to se
When we launched our new blog we had no idea if anyone would see it or be helped by it, but we knew that the LORD was prompting us to step out in faith and just do it. The response has been amazing and we are looking forward to how God will use this space for His glory. We have learned over many years of service in a variety of ministries, that God does not require human assistance to realize His plans for individuals, churches, nations, or the human race. But the story of the bible is the story of God’s will playing out through the words and actions of the His children. So…we pray, meditate on his Word, and write from the heart about the truths that mold our faith, guide our actions, and inspire our hearts and minds. Please visit the site and subscribe to continue receiving posts. https://graceinmarriage.com/ It is our sincere hope that you are blessed by our work here and welcome your input on how we can make Grace in Marriage even better. Thank you for your support.