Continue

what is next words written by 3d manThis word carries with a lot of meaning. As I investigated how the dictionary defined this word, it is definitely a verb – meaning action. Continue means: to last or endure; remain, abide, stay, persist, maintain, and keep going. To continue means I’m not going to stop. There have been many instances in my life where I wanted to quit or stop and go a different direction, but I felt compelled to continue. There have been seasons in my life when it was time to stop one thing and actually start something new.

This morning, I was reading the story of Jesus resurrection from the Gospel of John. I love his perspective of Jesus. John was steady. He was present. He was consistent in his actions, yet not as “loud” and “flamboyant” as his buddy Peter. He tells the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples twice. He specifically mentions the encounter with Thomas, which is where Thomas acquired the nickname: “Doubting Thomas”. He then gives the reason he penned this story of Jesus in the first place. Check this out…

30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name. (John 20:30-31 NLT)

John gives perspective that connects with my heart. He reminds everyone that the central character in any story is Jesus. He reminds me that Jesus is the Messiah, the very Son of God. He reminds me of why Jesus came in the first place. I feel like these two short verses wrap up the story of Jesus, according to John, with a ribbon and bow.

I read the Word of God daily because I believe in God. I want to know more of Him. I want His character to settle inside my heart. I have also read the Word of God when I was struggling with my faith and what I believe.  As I walk out my faith, the word “continue” is critical. I’m building on my simple, child-like faith that is “all grown up”, but still growing. There are situations in my journey that can only be explained to me as the Lord’s hand being involved.

My life plan is to continue to believe for the rest of my life span! I plan to daily talk and walk with the Lord. I want my work and my words to continue to give honor and glory to God.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

A Lifetime Later

 

Vector silhouette generation men.I remember the average lifespan being about 70 years. The life expectancy in the USA is nearly 79 years old according to the US Census Bureau. I know quite a few people who are pushing the boundaries on that one. It also gives me pause to think about the balance of life here on earth that remains for me. As I meander through this life from day to day, I want to make sure my accomplishments end up making others lives better is some way.

The people of Israel were taken captive and moved away from their homeland right at 70 years. They were given the freedom to go back home from Cyrus the King of Persia. I imagine the homecoming was pretty emotional for some, but for others, they had only heard their parents and grandparents speak of this place. Check this out…

68 When they arrived at the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings towards the rebuilding of the house of God on its site. 69 According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work 61,000 darics of gold, 5,000 minas of silver and 100 priestly garments.

70 The priests, the Levites, the musicians, the gatekeepers and the temple servants settled in their own towns, along with some of the other people, and the rest of the Israelites settled in their towns. (Ezra 2:68-70 NIV)

I imagine them to be so very grateful to be back in their homeland, that they decided to give of their resources to rebuild the house of God as well as their lives. Throughout the history of the people of Israel, the temple served as a centerpiece of their lives. It’s like they said, “First things first” when they arrived back. I can only imagine the emotion that they felt to be returning home after nearly a lifetime in captivity.

This short passage made me think about my own life. I’ve not had a lifetime yet, but if I knew then what I know now, I’d have done a few things different. I don’t get to go back and rewrite the history of my life. I can finish strong though. I’m not the President or King of an empire, but I can make my simple life count for the Kingdom of God. I can love others. I can give of myself. I can use all that I have to honor God. I don’t have the equivalent of a lifetime left, but I can make what time I do have count for the Lord.

Pressing On!

Dwayne