Speak Lord; I’m Listening – Daily Bite-Size Encouragement – Day 16
Ripples in the water are like sunsets; they’re pretty but temporary. When we throw a rock into the water, “the rock will push water out of its way as it enters, causing ripples to move away from its point of entry in a circle or ring shape. Water will then rush back in to fill the empty space, which can often cause a splash, resulting in more ripples forming.”1
Our life is like a rock in the water. We create an effect on those around us, yet our stay on earth is brief. The Lord says, even “the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales.”2 Though life seems fleeting, we can live deeply.
Live Life Deeply
I appreciate how Calysta Bevier sings Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” on America’s Got Talent. Having survived stage three ovarian cancer, she sings the song with depth. She ends with such authenticity, “I might only have one match, but I can make an explosion.”3
We can live life intensely, whether it’s a long life of one hundred years or a short life of ten years if we appreciate the little moments of joy given to us each day.
Sam Berns embodied this thankfulness for the gift each new day brings. Sam Berns had a rare genetic disorder, progeria, which causes rapid premature aging. Most children with progeria die before their thirteenth birthday. Instead of crumbling under the weight of the prognosis, Sam chose to enjoy his life to the fullest. Any obstacles that attempted to block his path became a stepping stone for moving forward with his dream or something that needed to be accepted and released.
Sam did a TedTalk called “My Philosophy for a Happy Life,” published by TEDxMidAtlantic in 2013. Sam lists his three philosophies for obtaining happiness in life:
- Be okay with what you ultimately cannot do because there is so much you CAN do (live positive)
- Surround yourself with people you want to be around (family, friends, mentors, community)
- Keep moving forward4
God said He would be with us in every trial we face, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.”5
When dealing with something bad, I let it in so that I can acknowledge it so that I can do what I need to do to move past it. I try not to waste energy feeling badly for myself. I try to stay in a forward thinking state of mind. ~Sam Berns
Looking forward to something in the future makes the present-day challenges feel temporal. We can enjoy life here on earth, and we can look forward to our heavenly home. Earth is our temporary home. We are just passing through this place. “While we don’t look at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”6
“Where is our true home? Heaven is our true home, but heaven begins here on earth as the Holy Spirit transforms us into a community that manifests love. The biblical view of heaven does not separate these longings, for God’s presence with us and for heaven, but sees them as continuous with one another. This means that talk about ‘getting to heaven’ is not just about eternity after we die, but also about a quality of our life in God that begins now.”7
I long to live life to the fullest by enjoying the sunrise in the morning and the sunset in the evening. And I want to relish the little gifts each day brings. I desire to delight in my Friend, Who made heaven and earth. Life is temporary, but we can see this as a joyous fact by cherishing each day here on earth, and by longing for our eternal home with Jesus.
How will you cherish today? How will you invest in preparing for your eternal home with God?
Daniel endured hardship with inner strength Daniel: A Man Above Reproach – Strength with Dignity
Daniel’s friends persevere through testing Friends of Daniel: Times of Testing – Strength with Dignity
Find Joy Living for an Audience of One Audience of One – God Alone – Strength with Dignity
1 Staughton, John. What Causes Ripples in the Water? Published October 19, 2020. Retrieved October 14, 2021, from https://www.scienceabc.com/eyeopeners/what-causes-ripples-in-water.html
2 Isaiah 40:15 NASB
3 Calysta Bevier – Fight Song on America’s Got Talent 2016. Published June 23, 2016, on YouTube. Retrieved October 14, 2021, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrJ9_GRYKkg
4 Sam Berns – TEDxMidAtlantic 2013 – My Philosophy for a Happy Life. Published on YouTube in 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2021, from https://www.ted.com/talks/sam_berns_my_philosophy_for_a_happy_life?language=en
5 Isaiah 43:2 NASB
6 2 Corinthians 4:18 WEB
7 Krushwitz, Robert B. Heaven is Our Home. Published in Christian Reflection – A Series in Faith and Ethics by Baylor University’s Center for Christian Ethics in 2002. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://www.baylor.edu/ifl/christianreflection/HeavenHellstudyguide3.pdf
10 Bible Verses about The World Being Temporary. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/The-World-Being-Temporary
100 Bible Verses about This World is Not My Home. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://www.openbible.info/topics/this_world_is_not_my_home
New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.
World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.
Bible Scriptures were retrieved October 13, 2021, from https://www.biblegateway.com #bgbg2 #BibleGateway