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Better Than This…

Lighthouse

 

Sweet Pea is yelling “good night mommy, I love you” from her bedroom for the one hundred thousandth time this evening which is stalling the writing process of this post. It is exactly one of the moments I had in mind when I sat here to write. Life has twists and turns given to us from the hand of God. Moments in time of sweetness or sorrow. This moment, as I listen to my daughter, is one of sweetness.

Listing these moments of sweetness and sorrow would be a breeze. You know how I love making lists… Grab your paper and draw the line down the page; put sweetness on one side and sorrow on the other. Leave a large blank space at the top. In a minute, I’ll tell you why…

Getting writing…

  • Loved one has cancer? sorrow
  • Family dinner with all present? sweetness
  • Birth of a child? sweetness
  • Mystery pain you’re going to the doctor for? sorrow

Now at the top of your paper write these words….

BETTER THAN THIS

Because every moment whether in your deepest sorrow or on a mountain top experience; the joy of Christ and the future glory of heaven is better than this. Savor the sweetness and the sorrow but when things get rough give yourself a taste of the bigger picture from God’s hand. One day we will behold HIS glory and it will be BETTER THAN THIS.

Being the recipient….

The gift — the opened envelope in my hand — tears pour from my eyes and my heart sorrows with joyful thanksgiving. Moved beyond words by the generosity of friends. A stringless gift and yet I find myself tying strings to it. These acts of love dictate to my heart that I must show my gratitude. I stare at my empty hands. My sorrow fills me deeper. Depite nothing to give; grace abounds.

Grace – the unmerited favor and love of God, freely given. The picture of the gospel moves through my soul uneasily. I must have something! What can I do? What can I give? I stare at my empty hands. My sorrow fills me deeper. Depite nothing to give; grace abounds.

This act of love dictates to my heart that I must show my gratitude…

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”
- Psalms 50:23