What’s in Your Parenthesis?
What’s in your wallet? You know that catchy credit card commercial asking a simple question — what credit card you got? Samuel L. Jackson is implying if you don’t have Capital One in your wallet you’re losing out on savings, convenience, perks, basically #losingnotwinning.
“What’s in your parentheses?“ You know the time somewhere between the beginning of creation and beginning of eternity? i.e. Your life? It’s just a blip, a bump, a very short time frame in the span of the start of creation and the end of eternity, which is never, so you can see why it can seem so small and inconsequential. However… small as it may seem there is that one very big decision to be made in those years. The decision that determines your ending, (the beginning of eternity).
What are you going to do with the Resurrection?
You can reject it — accept it — ignore it — but reality is that we will face it. On our knees with a spirit of awe, humbleness and praise, or on our knees in despair, trembling with fear and dread.
This life we live – this parenthesis we live within – seems all so important. Every decision, every relationship, every conflict, every achievement, every failure every every thing consumes us.
We get ourselves so busy that who has time for anything but getting through the day? Full time job, full time parent, full time student. Then there’s fun time, volunteer time, relationship time and there you have it — a full to over flowing day, week, month and year. It’s easy to fly through it — just getting by.
Picture God looking down at your live as a heart beat on a heart monitor. He sees the beginning of creation all through eternity, and He sees your life on earth, your ( ). What does He see? Is it a strong, beating heart, consistent, steady, glowing bright? Or maybe it’s erratic — sometimes even beeps, sometimes bouncing up and down and all over the place. Or is it flatlined with an occasional beep to show there is still some life.
Shouldn’t the Resurrection give us life — every day? Shouldn’t the thought of being raised to life for eternity give us chills and a strong steady heartbeat every day – every overflowing day?
This right here: “Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said” (I Corinthians 15:3,4) gives us an undying hope as we travel through our parenthesis.
What do I need to get rid of in my life to have the kind of heartbeat that God sees as strong, steady, bright, burning for Him? What do I need to get rid of to live like I’ve been resurrected? To live like I’m living and not dying — ever.