You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

I took what I could get.  That’s what most of us do in life.  My observation is that what many people claim to be their planned courses are just as much the results of happy circumstances.  They don’t claim their misfortunes as planned failures.  In the end, we can’t and don’t achieve anything outside the scope of our situations which are in the hands of God.  Not much can be accomplished without vision, but projecting one’s dream does not always equate to achieving same.  There are variations to success, and that is not to dumb down the meaning of real accomplishment.  It is simply the plain truth that we use our abilities in the arenas we find ourselves.  Sometimes, the arenas are of our choosing and, sometimes, not.

Whether something is good or bad can be a matter of perception.  There are several biblical texts illustrating the point that what seems one thing may actually be another.  In the plan of God, it can be good that evil has been, and, yet, it remain evil still.  This mystery may only be fully understood in the afterlife when we see all things clearly.  In the quests for godliness, fulfillment or success, it is not always easy to discern the ends or impacts of all actions.  I have learned to be thankful for some of the things I once dreaded.  While I’m not sure the answer to all concerns is personal growth, I know that spiritual maturity is more important than the physical though it is longer in the building.  The tangible decays, but the spiritual renews daily.

The repentant thief on the cross said to the unrepentant that they were receiving the due reward of their deeds.  Now, sometimes, people get what they deserve in life and, sometimes, not.  Let me rephrase, people may or may not receive justice in their lifetimes.  The truth is no one’s full recompense is adjudicated during their journey.  We all receive a portion of our desserts during our days on earth and store the rest for eternity.  No one knows the full extent of their influence for good or ill.  Many continue their ruinous ways falsely thinking that they have done little harm, and many solid saints have questioned the legacy they are leaving because of perceived ineffectiveness.  The full tale has not been told on any of the living.

Daniel Webster said that his most sobering thought was his personal accountability before God.  When I stand before the Almighty, I wonder if the things I’ve thought were so grand will be seen to be ultimately worthwhile.  I also fear that I may be held accountable for misdeeds and damage unknown.  On both scores, I plead the grace of God over my weaknesses.  I have not seen as yet the full tale of my doings.  My concern is whether I have taken the best advantage of my opportunities.  God has not given me tasks to do which are beyond my scope, and no temptation has taken me which I did not follow freely.  I find that aging has given me a more rational (if not right) view of the past.  Of course, now, I am closer to forever.

In this life, God will give us what we want if we’re satisfied with what He gives us.  There is more in store for us in the hereafter.  These thoughts should give us encouragement and pause.  There are various building materials to use for and in life, and we will be commended or condemned for our choices in the future.  It is easy to lose sight of the valuable in view of the variable, but current participations fit us for joy or judgment in time to come.  What we treasure on earth will be subject to a foreseeable valuation if we take God’s Word as true.  We are forewarned therein to prepare for a glad or grim day of reckoning.  Howsoever the final toll is weighted; the retribution or reward will surpass what was envisioned.

Sterl  

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