by Elizabeth de Barros
2009 whittled me down to these two things: A burning desire to please Him and learning to number my days aright.
Though 2010 comes dressed up with custom-tailored hopes and dreams for an even better year than last, attached with it is a brand new decade dangling over a treacherous landscape of unknown terrain. That we’re living in uncertain times is not just an advertisement, it’s in the marrow of my bones.
I’m aware information like this by itself isn’t helpful. There’s need for more. A need to know how to live — not just live happy, because the truth is that we weren’t made for happy but for the grandeur of God’s glory. To see how far we’ve fallen takes a daring willingness to look down into some dark, empty and shameful places. We need to understand what’s happened to us before we can find a remedy.
A look at centuries past proves how humanism induced a massive creep of spiritual myopia, with schemes to ultimately blind us from weightier matters such as absolute truth, holiness and eternity. We’ve squarely landed into its pit by subtly believing we’re central and by making this world our home. As a nation and as the Church, we’ve ignored the deeper truths of life and of the faith. Instead, we’ve amused ourselves to the point of intoxication. Our families, homes and possessions haven’t been enough to keep us; we’ve succumbed to being “crazy busy,” downing by the truckload scores of godless video games, movies, books and a myriad of entangling vices to isolate ourselves and numb our minds from the coming unknown. Without much foundation left, we’re in desperate need of drying out to help us find our way to sober.
On many levels, an intervention is due.
I’m convinced that a serious advancement of history will have been accomplished by the time we reach the opposite end of this new decade. God is on the move and it’s ours to follow. I’ve been reminded lately how God’s holy purposes are exactly that — separate and apart from our whims and fancies, needs and wants. Instead, they’re designed to please Him and to fulfill His Word, which is the only thing that will abide for eternity.
But eternity is too big to live in, so God in His wisdom has given us this one day called Today. By genuine repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, we can rejoice and find rest by living in the fear of God and in the light of eternity — that blessed vantage point by which all things are judged according to His Word.
To ring in the New Year with my precious family is always fun and to wish everyone a Happy New Year is a solid tradition, but what’s written above is the real reason I’m banging on pots and pans without worrying that I’m going to wake the neighbors.
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us
an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18