Thursday, September 13, 2007

Pressing On

I love this photo! Benjamin has been reading books while he gets a change. :-)

Sometimes it seems like life is one challenging task after another: there is always one more daiper to change, one more book to read, one more paper to write. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:3)?

With all of these continual responsibilities, God wants us to balance our lives so we can live with contentment: Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content (Philippians 4:11). I think the way to do this is to live, as it were, with one foot in this world and with one foot in eternity. That is, to remember that we are made in God's image, but were made for living on the earth. God created mankind on the 6th day (with animals) of creation, yet he created him in His very own image. After God did the work of creation in six days, he rested. That seventh day does not have "morning and evening" like the other six--it is an eternal day. We have to remember that if we are in Christ we are living with the toil of this world, but our true identity is with God in eternity.