It's pretty nifty, versatile stuff, so I might do that later.
But what's on my heart right now is something that my husband and I were talking about last night.
We were talking about perspective.
I came down yesterday with an annoying summer flu (stuffy nose, sore throat, aches, a little fever). Also yesterday I found out about a friend with a sinus infection that has spread so far it's within less than an inch of her spinal cord and cerebellum. She's a single mommy of twins and is having surgery in a few weeks. A little flu is nothing to complain about.
My husband was telling me about his boss...his encouraging, funny, no-nonsense, and very kind boss. He's been such a blessing, this man I don't even know. My husband loves his job. No, it doesn't make tons of money, but it's enough...and for the happiness that I see in Joshua's face when he comes home from work with more stories to share, I wouldn't trade this for anything.
We have a little apartment, yes...with a leaky window and hardly any counterspace. But Joshua told me, "You make this place a beautiful home." And it really is. It's ours, we love it, we love living here.
And emailing with a new blogging friend this morning, reading other blog posts.... How do we look at our lives? Do we measure them by the world's standards? Do we compare ourselves to those who seem to have it all? Or...
do we look at our life through God's eyes? Do we see ourselves the way He sees us? Do we place upon ourselves the worth He has given us?
Because as children of God, we are precious. Priceless. Treasured.
What happens when we look at life with an eternal perspective?
It should change everything.
This life is not all there is. We're not doing things for the here and now.
At-home mothers, wives, homemakers: you are making an impact on your family for eternity. You are raising your children to love and obey Jesus, and they will be among the believers in heaven someday. And in their own lifetimes they will be given opportunities to share the Gospel as well. As you bless your husband, encourage him and support him, you are enabling him to do his ministry for the Lord, wherever and whatever that may be. As you make your home a place of beauty and rest, you are creating a place where the Holy Spirit dwells, which will bless every person who enters it.
Women and men who have jobs in the workplace (and everyone else, for that matter): you are lights in a dark world. You have been given the opportunity to live the love of Jesus, even if you can't talk about it. And maybe you're a pastor, a youth worker, a teacher in a Christian school, and then you have even more opportunity to spread the Gospel.
Everything we do has an eternal impact on the world.
Nothing is insignificant in God's eyes. He calls us each to different vocations, and he works with each of us to do his work.
In this world we have troubles. But Christ has overcome the world. He has conquered sin, death, and Satan. Our victory is WON! We have nothing to fear.
Yes, we may struggle, with health, with finances, with relationships. But those things will last such a short time when we look forward to eternity. Compared to forever in heaven with Jesus, in a place of perfect rest and joy, the pain and suffering of this world is brief.
We were placed in the lives we have to bring the healing light of the Gospel to every suffering, painful place in this world. We are here to point others to Jesus. We are here to help give the world an eternal perspective--to help them see that in Christ, they have the victory.