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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:05 am

A while back, I remember referring to everything in this world as being temporary. It was in response to a minister answering someone’s query about life, to be told, all of this is a “temporary gig” anyway.

As believers, life in the physical world is supposed to be temporary. Life, eternal, is what faith tells us is permanent. The bible is full of scripture and verse that remind us of just how fleeting physical life really is. There is the biblical truth that Jesus conquered death and thereby salvaged my soul and secured immortality for me and anyone else who acknowledges Him as Lord.

Now this temporary thing I’m talking about comes into play as we look around and seek to attach permanence to people, things, relationships, status and so forth. When they go away, all we’ll be left with is the reality of God and our relationship to Him. That is, was and will always be a permanent situation, the only cast-in-concrete thing you can count on.

That means everything we hold dear, every person who means anything to us, all material things we acquire and happenings that exalt us are but gifts and blessings from God, to be acknowledged as such.

Your child is a momentary gift; so is your mother, your job, your car, your bank account, your house or apartment. All of these things are fleeting gifts to savor while we have them.

I’m reminded of those whom we know are dying. We get a chance to acknowledge their pending death and, hopefully, prepare accordingly. What if you or I treated all life in the same manner? What if we looked upon it all as the gift it really is: a gift of love from the Almighty. It’s because of that supreme kind of love that we rightfully and humbly should say thank you to its giver.

Do you remember when someone gave you something you really didn’t expect, didn’t really deserve, but you truly appreciated? Do you recall how you felt towards that person? Now think about all of the gifts from God, particularly time, and look at it from the perspective that these gifts of love and life are but indicators of the tremendous love God has for you.

Permanent appreciation is the only appropriate response, particularly since you know beforehand that these gifts will not be here forever because you will not be here forever. But your relationship to God will be. It is the one permanent thing that you know will be here forever. Think about it while you still have time and please, as a result, act accordingly.

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