Yesterday was a busy day for me! We did our 3-mile walk, but I had to catch up on work-related things, so blogging our morning bible verse took a backseat. Today we walked four miles! I’m so proud of my kids for this and poor Braidy got a little bit of a sunburn.
Yesterday’s verse was Matthew 16:25 “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” I remember reading this verse as a teenager/young adult and kind of feeling angry about it. I mean of course I want to save my life and live it my way. But the verses preceding and following this verse talks about the true and ultimate reward of being a disciple of Christ. If you chase after fame, fortune, material things, with no regard to fostering relationships, giving back to your family, community or putting good back into this world at all, when it comes to the end of your life, (if you haven’t done anything but pursue worldly desires), when you die you won’t have anything you take up to heaven with you. I know what you’re thinking, “wait, wait Heather, but we don’t take anything to heaven!” That’s not necessarily true. Think of all the good deeds, people you’ve helped, relationships grown and fostered as a jewel on your heavenly crown. I believe these are the treasures God talks about as storing up treasures in heaven. It’s not material things, its what we’ve done with our lives on earth, that determines our treasures in heaven. Basically where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Today’s verse was 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise. He is not slow in the way some people understand it. Instead, he is patient with you. He doesn’t want anyone to be destroyed. He wants all people to turn away from their sin.” The Lord is more than patient with us. He gives us a hundred years to learn and grow and become more Christ-like every day. He knows we’ll never attain it. He just wants us to WANT TO. To strive to be our best selves and to see sin for what it really is. When we are in sin, we are not close to God. When we see our own sin, we should desire to change it. To be different, not stay in it. Human beings will however always be in sin. We are not perfect, not meant to be, but God designed us with free will to choose our own paths in this world. What we choose may one day define us. When someone thinks of you, what is it that you want them to be reminded of when they think of you?
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