“If eternity is the plan, then it makes no sense to shrink your living down to the needs and wants of this little moment. . .
It’s hard to live with eternity in view. . . There are moments when who we are, who God is, and where this whole thing is going shrink into the background of the thoughts, emotions, and needs of the moment. . .
God reminds us that this is not all there is, that we were created and re-created in Christ Jesus for eternity. . .
The God of eternity grants you his eternal grace so that you can live with eternity in view.”
– devotional New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp
“What do you say?” she prompted her younger brother after I cut up an organic Gala apple for my nephew & handed it to him on a plate. She was hinting her sibling needed to exercise his manners.
I sliced a total of 4 apples since 4 kids asked for one. Quite chucklesome was the reply. The kindergartener’s mind was clearly elsewhere at the moment when what came out was an extremely skeptical, “What did YOU say?”
Earlier while my oldest nephew & I were playing Monopoly, we chose to operate by our own rules. For example, the sharp fourth grader who preferred calling money by its other name – moolah – chose to place a red hotel on two different properties he owned. Whatever floats your boat.
During one money exchange I gave him a one dollar tip rounding the $299 I owed him up to an even three hundred. “I’m giving you a $1 tip because you’re so handsome,” I quipped as we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
How was I to know I’d be 1-upped by my competition when the 9-year-old didn’t waste a split second before:
“I’ve been telling myself that for years.”
By Aunt Amy
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious:
20 idolatry and
fits of rage,
factions 21 and
orgies, and the like.
I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
I’d meet God last week if such decisions were in my hands, but thankfully & for reasons
only He knows,
it’s His choice
when I get to be overjoyed to meet Him.
6b The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:6b & 13-14