“Get these three principles fixed in your hearts: that things eternal are much more considerable than things temporal.” – John Wesley
Question for the day: “Do we fully live for the eternal? For that one relationship that has no equal?”
I have a confession to make: I am an avid follower of the Twilight Saga! It’s true. Say what you will, but I am captivated by such an epic love story, and here is how it happened:
Most of you know that I don’t watch tv or movies very much. Who has the time? But a few months ago, after everyone else was asleep, I was still up doing laundry (can I get a witness?) So I came through the living room with the tv still on and something caught my attention. There were these two teenagers on tv discussing the fact that they were waiting until after marriage to have sex. Of course, I sat down to see what this was all about; how often do you hear that on tv? Little did I know it was a movie about vampires and werewolves, but after 2 hours I was hooked anyway.
So here I am a few months later, having seen all the movies and still cheering on these two lovebirds through all their obstacles. In the final movie a song was released called, “A Thousand Years.” It is a wonderfully romantic song about everlasting love. The kind that never goes away, and loves you for exactly what you are. I heard it and began thinking about the fact that everyone on earth wants to be loved that way: 100%, forever, no matter what…
I was praying about it and Jesus really spoke to my heart. He loves me like that. Always has. Always will. And He loves each one of you too the same way. It doesn’t matter what we have done or not done. It doesn’t matter that we will continue to make mistakes as we go. He told us that He was willing to do anything for a relationship with us when He carried that cross to calvary. He reminded us of it in these words from Romans 8:
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ.”
We each were made for epic love, if we would only turn and embrace it. It is a love that never fails, is true, and has no conditions – So much better than anything we could have here in the temporal. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my husband and my children. I can’t imagine love any better than that. But love in this existence is temporal. This life eventually comes to an end for all of us. I don’t know much about what life will be like in eternity. But I do know that Jesus has promised to be there waiting for me. Loving me just like He does today. That is something I can build my life on.
If you watch the song link below, forget about the vampires and teenage romance. Fix your mind on what Jesus might have to say to you today. After letting these words sink into my heart, I have walked away with a peace and a joy beyond all understanding.
Dear Lord Jesus,
What can I say about the way You love me? Nothing, because I can not fully comprehend it. But I know one thing is for certain, it is better than anything I can have here. It is eternal and everlasting.. a hard concept for me to grasp. Help me live into it today. Help me to live as a child with no regrets and no guilt – for You love me just as I am and have wiped away all the bad and shameful in my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, and help me to live each day as Your beloved, worthy of all the affection You graciously shower upon me.
In great thanksgiving I pray,