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Brevity Of Days, Length Of Eternity
 

by Brook Wayne

Recently, I passed another birthday, and with it came thoughts many hold in common on just such occasions—life is going so fast! Didn’t I just have a birthday?


When I was a little girl I remember counting down the days until my birthday for the entire preceding month. I looked forward with relish to being able to say I was eight, or nine, or ten, or whatever the birthday would mark. Yet now, I’m realizing that the days go by so quickly. Each week rolls into another, and each one is filled. I have it on good authority from several individuals in their seventies and eighties that the feelings I’m having only increase! These thoughts only bear witness to the truth “Life is short.” The world believes this, too, and lives accordingly. As followers of Jesus, we understand that life is short, but also that “Eternity is long,” and my hope is that each one of us will live accordingly.


My husband wrote a song about a year ago with a poignant, yet simple line that says “Life changes and we grow.” That’s true, too, isn’t it? Life does change! Whether we like it or not, changes come into our lives just as certainly as the seasons change. And we can grow from those changes. There is nothing we can do about the external circumstances in our lives changing. However, we can choose to grow in each situation—or not.

 

Life still goes by fast, but if each day is set apart listening to the voice of the Shepherd, surrendering to His calling, then we won’t have to worry about the speeding days. What a quiet rest can be ours to know each day was lived obediently to Jesus.

 

 


 

 

The masterminded working of God in the lives of His people absolutely amazes me. He sees each situation, each circumstance, and knows exactly what to send our way to provide the life lessons we need. For those that love the Lord, everything works out to bring forth good. But the call we’ve received isn’t to a passive lifestyle—“what will be, will be.” It is a life of dedication—to pick up our cross, deny ourselves and follow Him. What could be a better definition of loving Jesus, but to pick up our cross, deny ourselves and follow Him? After all, it was Jesus that said, “If you love Me, obey My commands.” If we want to grow in this life, we have a simple call. It has nothing to do with our flesh and self, but everything to do with surrender to Jesus. Just like our relationships with our family, that is a commitment we make everyday. Each and everyday we have the choice set before us, whether on THIS day, THIS moment, THIS situation we will surrender to the Lord, and grow from it.


Life still goes by fast, but if each day is set apart listening to the voice of the Shepherd, surrendering to His calling, then we won’t have to worry about the speeding days. What a quiet rest can be ours to know each day was lived obediently to Jesus.


Even in the busy days of childrearing, providing our families with meals, clean clothes and a tidy home, we can’t risk allowing the swiftness of life to overtake us. The call to live as Christ’s disciples requires our answer now. We only have this one lifetime on earth, and it is short. But eternity is long. Will you commit to living this short life with the length (and glory!) of eternity in view?

Brook is the wife of Israel Wayne. They are the parents of three children. Brook delights in her calling as a wife and mother and enjoys keeping a home for her family.

 

 

This article was published in An Encouraging Word issue #45, and may not be reprinted or distributed in any form without express written consent from the publisher. All Rights Reserved.

 

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