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The Eternal Mindset

953185_hourglass I believe in eternity. My husband does not.

This fact alone brings us to opposite sides of life. He’s living for the here and now, and I’m living for what’s to come. I know this world is not my home and that when I die I will truly be home in heaven with our amazing and wonderful Savior, God and Friend.

For my spouse, death is final. This life is all there is. I try to wrap my brain around this thought, but I can’t. I just can’t imagine not having heaven to look forward to.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (NIV)

At God’s direction, I’ve been praying this verse over my sweet hubby since January, and I have to say, some interesting things are happening. Not at all what I expected, but so very much God. You could call it a mid-life crisis, but it’s so much more. My husband’s on a mission to be as healthy as he can by eating right and exercising more. A very worthwhile goal for anyone. But to know my guy is to know he does things to extreme.

No sugar, and jogging for a minimum of an hour at a time are now part of his disc golf schedule. I have to say he’s in the best shape I’ve ever seen him. He’s good at disciplining himself and is naturally athletic. (Which just makes me realize how much harder I need to work at being healthy!) Burned out from the tech industry and desiring to be his own boss, he’s now working independently on his own software projects.

See, from my perspective, it’s all about control. For him, he’s in total control of his life. But is he? He’s doing all this so he can live as long and as well as possible. Could it be that the “eternity” God placed in his heart is stirring, demanding attention?

I believe so. Though my hubby can’t fathom the works of God, this eternity is there in his heart, waiting to be recognized. That’s what I believe God’s Word tells us.

I don’t know what that will mean down the road, but I see the growing discontent in my husband. At times it’s scary because this is our future teetering on a precarious ledge of the unknown. Right now I’m called to trust God even more than ever and love my husband in ways that’s only possible through Christ in me—unconditionally.

Without the knowledge that all of this is in God’s control, I would be fraught with anxiety and worry.

Without the understanding that so much more is at stake than our immediate future and comfort, I would become skeptical and then bitter.

Without an eternal mindset, this would be impossible.

We know that all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13).

We know that He is before all things and in him, all things hold together (Col. 1:17).

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called to his purpose (Rom. 8:28).

We know God.

Praying and believing,

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