Romans 8:18 – For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us (KJV).
In life, you will have suffering and pain. However, neither one is a loss. Both add value to your life in the form of lessons. I lost both of my dads in a matter of two weeks, and it was through that season I learned three very valuable lessons.
- Make every day count.
- Do things that will live on after you die.
- If you don’t start well, you can finish well.
Mark Batterson wrote, “When the will of God doesn’t add up, He makes it multiply.” Sometimes things won’t make sense to your finite, natural mind, but God has a way and the means to work it all for your good. All you have to do is love, trust, and obey Him. Continue to enjoy the simple pleasures each day presents, and seize opportunities to bring God glory in your suffering.
One of my favorite quotes is by Jim Elliot. He once said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Give your life because you can’t keep it. Offer your time on earth to reach, win, and impact souls for God’s kingdom. Doing so is your greatest gain.
C. T. Studd passed up a career as a professional cricket player to become a missionary. Here’s a final thought from him: “Only one life ‘twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Psalm 112:1-2 – 1 Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. 2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed (NKJV).
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