II Corinthians 4:16-18 (NASB) ‘Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not 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.’
I came across this passage the other day. Under my current circumstances, it served as a much needed reminder that these circumstances are but a small piece,to a much bigger picture.
It reminded me that each and every one of us is inching closer to eternity, and whatever our present circumstance, healthy or unwell, none of us is guaranteed tomorrow.
It reminded me that despite what is happening to my fleshly body, there is no cause to lose heart, that there is a Hope regardless of any circumstance.
It served to remind me that such trials are used for our spiritual progress and how we approach ALL things is a reflection of God and meant to reflect His glory.
It reminded me that how I represent Him through this and ALL things, eternally impacts the spiritual health and development of those He allows to be a witness to my life.
He reminded me that the choice is mine. I can choose to wallow in self pity over the the decaying outer man, or I can embrace what He is doing for my progression, focus on and cherish the unseen, and glorify Him, bringing eternal hope to myself and all those around me. I’m choosing the latter. Thank you for the reminders, Lord.
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,