Living In The Light Of Eternity by Dr. Tony Evans
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Tomorrow we say goodbye to 2019. Time sure does fly when you grow older! At 20, time couldn’t move fast enough. Now at 56, I want to turn back the clock. (Not back to age 20, but maybe 40?????)
I’ve learned so many hard lessons by running ahead, motivated by misplaced expectations, wrong thinking & prideful desires. I’m extremely grateful to be here at 56…having learned the secret of contentment. It is simply placing my complete trust and reliance on the Lord. Paul tells us that it (contentment) is a secret we can learn, if we are willing to listen. This is the subject of the study I wrote called “The Virtue Of Contentment.”
And, even though I have a more steady walk of faith, like all human beings, I continue to stumble and lose my way. Dr. Evans says this:
“Where I look, will change the way I live.”
I spent so much time looking inward when all I needed to do was look up! Over time, the understanding that “this is not our home” was able to penetrate my heart and mind…changing my perspective…the way I think.
Having an eternal perspective can only come from the Lord, and this girl is ETERNALLY grateful that the Lord has been so patient…not confined by our understanding of time…waiting patiently for me to turn my eyes toward Him…for “He wants no one to perish!” <——that means YOU ❤️
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. – Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace.
Time is money. – Benjamin Franklin.
Time waits for no one. – Folklore.
Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. – William Shakespeare.
Lost time is never found again. – Benjamin Franklin.
Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. – Theophrastus.
Time is the wisest counselor of all. – Pericles.
Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back. —Harvey Mackay
You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. Charles F. Kettering
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. -J. R. R. Tolkien
ALL WE HAVE TO DECIDE IS WHAT TO DO WITH THE TIME THAT IS GIVEN US. It’s a choice we each must make, every minute of every day. We are either moving TOWARD God or AWAY from Him. I don’t think there is anything in between. Living with an eternal perspective is not in our nature, but if we simply practice LOOKing UP…what we DO WILL MATTER…for eternity ❤️
A friend of mine practices this by setting her WATCH. During her work day, she sets her watch alarm to go off several times a day, reminding her to STOP and Look up. I LOVE THIS! We need help with this practice, and how fitting that she relies on her watch:)
I’ll close with this…
Dr. Evans tells the story of the Shoe Cobbler…
A man walks into the Shoe Cobbler’s shop, hoping to have his shoes repaired. It was late, and the man thought he might be turned away. The Cobbler said “of course, I will fix your shoes now.” The man was surprised with the time being so late, and asked the shop keeper if he might need a ride home. (Since he saw no other car in the lot) The Cobbler said no, I won’t need a ride
“I work down here…but I LIVE UP THERE”
Let’s continue to rehearse for the final show, getting better with each daily run through! As we experience the confidence we gain through the presence and provision of the Lord, our expectations will move toward “heavenly behavior” and victory will be won.
Here’s to a New Year that begins by Looking up!