Pawn or Privilege?

All these faithful ones died without receiving what God had promised them, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed the promises of God. They agreed that they were no more than foreigners and nomads here on earth. And obviously people who talk like that are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had meant the country they came from, they would have found a way to go back.But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. Hebrews 11:13-16

Every now and then, I have an "Ecclesiastics Moment." Some days life just seems so meaningless and out of my control. I know God already has things lined out for the most part, so what is the point in making too much effort?

This is the point where I used to begin thinking thoughts like, "I never asked to be here," and asking questions like, "What am I here for? Am I just a pawn in some great cosmic game—an unsuspecting actor in a scripted play?"

Nowadays, I catch myself before I get too far down in this cycle. I've begun to learn that, the days I think these kinds of thoughts, it's because I'm living this life with an earthly, carnal perspective. I'm living like this world is all there is. I'm living for the here and now. That kind of thinking sets me up for such disappointment.

But…when I stop myself and remember, "Hey, this is NOT all there is. This world is short-lived and yes, futile. But I'm living for something so much bigger and better than all of this. I'm living for a day when everything will be set right and beautiful."

I love to imagine the first time I see Jesus. His love, beauty, and kindness will be so over the top, that all I will think about is what a privilege it is that He picked me to live this life! What a privilege to live in the Kingdom with this amazing man forever. I am confident on that day, I will have no absolutely no regrets. No more Ecclesiastics moments either!

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