For the past several weeks the Lord has been shifting my focus from things on this earth to things that last for eternity. I didn't realize how much time I spent thinking, doing, and talking about things with no eternal value!
Easy to do in today's culture with so much turmoil going on - Covid, riots, and an upcoming election that has people polarized like I've never seen before! So much anger, hate, and judgment toward anyone who doesn't agree with you.
I found myself getting caught up in it to the point of tears that so many people - Christians included, sometimes me too - are posting hateful things. I felt anger rising, I had to step away. I'd been giving way too much time to pursuing politics, knowledge, and what happened in the cities, and my heart was changing. I was losing my peace!
Through these timely messages, God reminded me that eternal life is what matters.
- I re-read two books God brought to mind: Driven by Eternity by John Bevere, and Final Quest by Rick Joyner. Both brought a welcome conviction to me about where I focused - in the here and now - and compelled me to look at the motives of my heart.
- A friend shared a thought God brought to her during her worship time: look around. All you see is meaningless - it's all meaningless (meaning, all on this earth).
- Devotional entries this month referenced the promises of God, and more caution to check our motives.
- Another friend reminded me that this earth is not our home; don't try to be comfortable here.