The purpose of this life is more about the things unseen.
A few minutes ago while praying, I found myself tired and worn out from worrying so much about temporary things. I’ve been trying to keep our house spotless, the TV controls in their designated spot, and all of the laundry folded a particular way.
Jesus reminded me that as much as a house is cleaned, it’s never going to be perfect. It’s always going to keep getting dirty, being used, and need to be updated and repaired. A house is to be lived in. A place where you dwell with those you love most. It does have to be taken care of, but is not something to obsess over.
You and I are much like a house. We’re God’s holy temples. We seek to live for Him, but fall into sin daily. God is always there for us, investing into us, and making us better. He also forgives and cleanses us from sin all the time. We will never be perfect, but we have a Father and Maker who is invested into us being close and more like Himself.
Obsessing and busying ourselves with temporary things will only make us worn out and exhausted.
While at the mountains this past week, I watched a potter take a “blob” of clay, and make it into something beautiful. The pottery didn’t become beautiful on it’s own. All it did was exist, and be in the hands of the potter. I couldn’t help but think that we are the clay that’s nothing but ugly until Jesus starts to reshape and purify us.
“Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.” -Isaiah 64:8
As we’re constantly changing, so are the seasons. Seasons of the year, and also seasons of friendships, relationships, and passions.
God allowed me to be apart of someone’s life last year, and also used them in mine. I was able to encourage and be there for my friend; while he helped me to enjoy the day, not be so serious, and think about things differently. We got to know each other better throughout the year. As the school year ended and changes were made in our lives, I realized that the season was coming to a close.
I learned that God has a plan for us being exactly in the school, classroom, seating arrangement, family, or job we’re in. It’s not by mistake. As I look back on the season I had with my friend, I now wish I had started to invest into him way before I did. Don’t wait on anything to start making a difference today. Just because a school year or job ends on a certain day, doesn’t mean that you have that much time to spend with someone. We’re not guaranteed tomorrow.
Also, if you’re having a hard time letting go of someone God doesn’t see good for you anymore, remember: just because we aren’t as close to them as we used to be, doesn’t mean that we should stop praying for them. Our prayers can do more than what we could do ourselves.
A couple days ago, someone reached out to me in a friendly and kind way. It was something unexpected, and brought truth to my mind. When God opens a new door of opportunity or friendship, don’t let differences or the past step in your way. Know that the person might be in need of something you have to offer, and that their friendship will be a blessing to you also. It’s all about what God can do in and through you to make a difference in other’s lives.
Pastor Anthony Braswell, who spoke at the United Conference, stated: “Sermons and songs aren’t going to change the world. It’s the love of Jesus shining in your life.”
As we head into a new week, I want to remind you of a few things. You’re so loved and important. The sacrifices you make, and the hard work you do doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s making a difference. Let yourself rest. Stop and breathe. Invest into the people God places in your life, and let His light shine through you each day.