Beads of Joy 05-04-10
Life Is Far Too Short
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Recognize Temptation 2/5
Yesterday's blog was powerful indeed wasn't it. Now let's take this recognizing temptation to the next level. Let us place it in a sort of "time capsule". When I say time, I mean time by how much time we have while we are here. See once you capsulize it and look at the minuet fraction of time that it really is, in full retrospect of all of eternity. We find out that this little tiny sliver of time is what determines of eternal destination of existence. We are all eternal beings, but where our eternity will be, will be determined by the choices we make here and now. "Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes." Luke 12:23, how true is that? Life is so much more than just what we hunger for while we are here. And life is so much than what we cover our time and space with. "Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." James 4:14, just like the smoke I was talking about yesterday. But continue those thoughts; it's visibly here for a while, and then it's gone for good. No one knows where it went to, and it'll never have the ability to ever return. Pretty deep stuff. LOL
In this life we are surrounded by many things. Most of which seem to inflict sorrow, or pain in some form. No matter how perfect we may think our lives are, and how much our lives seem to have all our needs met. Inside every ones life, is the true bareness of our souls before our Lord. Nothing, absolutely nothing can be hidden from Him. Do you not know that God made us for Heaven, He made us to be with Him. Our time here is short, but its short, I think so that the pain of it, is but a mere spec of time in our eternal lives. But it is this mere spec of time, where we are tested, and put to the fire, to see how worthy we are indeed before our Lord. Before you can reward an honest (child or worker or friend or anyone) with something special; you first test their honesty, their character, their integrity. You put them to the fire of truth, see if they can with stand the fury of the world, and the pain it inflicts, and still stand strong in the truth. It is God's goodness and mercy that makes all these things possible. God loves us so much and He wants all of us to be with Him in Heaven.
We must all be unselfish enough to be able to follow the commandments God has given us. No matter what our life is, full of earthly poverty or full of earthly wealth, all of that has no value in Heaven. In the end we can not hide from God or avoid Him. But we can allow time to be on our side or we can waste it away and lose it as fast as it comes our way. We make that choice. We can not be so arrogant to think that we can hide in the shadow's of our sins and because no one here on earth seen us, we are in the clear with being judged. WRONG. God is ever present everywhere, especially where our hearts and minds spend the most of our time. "His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step. There is no dark place, no deep shadow, where evildoers can hide. God has no need to examine men further, that they should come before him for judgment." Job 34:21-23.
All we got to do is live a life in full preparation to pass that final pop quiz, and it will be a pop quiz. No one knows the day or the hour, not only of Jesus' return, but also of our own death. We can study and prepare for that great quiz and be ready right now or first thing in the morning; only to find out fifty years later we are still alive and the exam we were ready for then, we are not ready for now. Life is far to short, and goes by far too fast. Get prepared, be prepared and stay prepared at all times. Here's a good first step for us, to always be prepared, "He must become greater; I must become less." John 3:30. Place your life in God's hands, trust Him. This life is wonderful, we get to met and be friends with some really amazing people. These relationships, this fellowship, can either drown us or raise us. We can determine that. No one can say to the over eater who always has a stomach ache, "Eat, keep eating !!", the actions and penalty of those actions are all done by the one who has the free will to do so. Same with God. Love Him, Honor Him, or turn away from Him, your choice. If the sign says STOP and you GO, there could be bad consequences or their could be a grave one. Either way a price will be paid. Stay fully focused on Jesus while you are here, because when we leave here, that opportunity will no longer be there for us to make.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO