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Topic: JOIE DE VIVRE (delight in being alive) (08/18/16)
TITLE: It's Not Over Yet
By Linda Weaver
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I’ve lived a long, long life. My next birthday is one I am fretting over like never before. It’s number 70. Ouch!
My brain doesn’t know it yet - but my body sure feels it. I’m happy to be here, though it seems like it didn’t take that long!
Some of the things that run through my mind (without invitation) can be troublesome, if I allow it. Seriously, I have a choice to stop it. Thoughts that are unpleasant and uninvited can’t stay unless they are allowed to. Although it’s not easy to stop the thought process on certain agitating subjects, it can be done. It takes a deliberate decision on our part to think on other things. It can be done because the Bible says it can.
Long ago, when I was young (but thought I was old), so many things made my heart pound out of fear, worry, and just plain old frustration. Someone told me once that worry is suffering in advance. You know what? That’s exactly the truth. Most of the time what we worry about never comes to pass. We could have used that worry time for something totally different. Just imagine!
Along those same lines, think back to a time when there was a pressing situation and the answer was going to make a life changing difference. Think about the time wasted worrying about all the different ways it could turn out. (Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock - Time’s up.) Did anything you conjured up in your mind actually happen? How much of what you thought would happen never did?
I can look back at my life and say without reservation that life is short - 70 sounds like a lot, but when it arrives, not so much. There is so much I still want to do - places I want to go - food I haven’t tasted - events I haven’t attended - stuff I want to do. I’m thrilled that I am healthy and still have time to do those things.
So many people my age have decided they have paid their dues and have seen all they want to see and done all they want to do. They are bored with life and have no hope for much of a future. They have this unreal expectation that they have “arrived.”
Folks, we never arrive - our lives are a constant, continuing journey and it gets greater with each moment of our lives. I am so thankful for every day that God gives me to live. I might not have the stamina I used to in my body but my mind disagrees!
My wrinkles and lines, my sore spots and gray hairs are my proof that I have lived a long, happy and productive life on this earth. Yet, the best is yet to come. Even when I am in my grave - it’s still not over - not for me. I will be dancing on Heaven’s streets of gold and loving on my family who are already there. I will get to see the mansion God has prepared for me and meet Jesus face to face.
I’ll get to meet Adam and Eve, Mary and Joseph, Moses, Abraham, David, Peter, and Paul - You get the idea. God will give me my rewards for serving Him and I’ll lay my crown at the feet of Jesus. I’ll sing with the angels and get to watch my loved ones still on this earth to cheer them on. I’ll get to sing with the Heavenly Hosts to God in the highest. How can I be sad?
When I was younger, had I not decided to change my thought processes where fear would grip my heart - worry would cloud my thoughts - butterflies would fly around in my stomach - and I trembled with anxiety, I would have lived life with much less peace and joy and not been able to experience the loving hand of God and His comforting words of truth.
I discovered that God’s Word, the Bible, held within it all the answers. It still does. It holds my peace, my guidance, my wisdom, my knowledge, my examples of good and bad, and what God expects from me. It is full of encouragement and the Holy Spirit actually speaks to me from that book. Really! I kid you not. Try it and see.
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