Life is made up of moments.
One moment could change everything.
I heard that message in two different ways today:
1) I was listening to Wess Stafford (President of Compassion International) being interviewed on the radio about his new book Just a Minute. The essence of the book is summed up on the cover: “in the heart of a child, one moment can last forever.” Wess discussed how one moment can be the turning point in a child’s life, for better or worse. I haven’t read the book…because I hadn’t heard of it until today…but I’d like to pick up a copy soon!
2) I volunteered at the Science Olympiad today (yeah, yeah, I know…nerd alert). The kid whose team won the event that I helped at had a very interesting story. His teachers thought they were going to lose him because he was going to drop out of high school. Then somehow he ended up at this event, discovered a love for microbiology, and has been inspired ever since. Now, three years later (by the way, he’s won this event every year since that first time), he’s graduating high school and told us today that he plans to get a degree in microbiology. We joked that we hope to see his name in the papers someday and he retorted, “Hopefully it will say ‘Dr.(his last name)!'”
Those two stories got me thinking about how much of an impact one moment can make.
That moment you’re inspired to pursue a goal
That moment you experience victory
That moment you fall in love
That moment you know you’re loved
That moment you feel like you made a difference in someone’s life
That moment you realize how blessed you are
So very much can happen in a moment…
That moment you fail miserably
That moment you lose a loved one unexpectedly
That moment someone breaks your heart
That moment you feel worthless
That moment you feel like you have no purpose or direction
That moment when everything crashes down around you
life can hurt
1) We don’t always know who’s watching us or whose life we are impacting.
A smile goes a long way to someone who is having a rough day. A harsh remark carries a lot of weight to someone who is having a rough day. There’s a danger in overestimating your impact on someone’s life, but there’s also a danger in underestimating it. We’ve got to be aware that what we do certainly has an effect on others.
Jesus said to his disciples: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).
Are we as Christians known by our love for each other? Are we loving the world like Christ did/does? The world is sorely lacking true love. One of my favorite quotes is “Love is the only shocking act left on the planet” because it’s so true. Knowing that we are impacting those around us, we ought to strive all the more to show shockingly extravagant love.
2) God rejoices with us in the good moments and comforts us in the bad moments.
“The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
“The conversion of sinners and the consolation of saints are the joy of angels, for they are the joy of God himself. The church should be the joy of the whole earth (Ps. 48:2), for it is the joy of the whole heaven….O the condescensions of divine grace! The great God not only loves his saints, but he loves to love them, is pleased that he has pitched upon these objects of his love. He will joy over them with singing. He that is grieved for the sin of sinners rejoices in the graces and services of the saints, and is ready to express that joy by singing over them. The Lord takes pleasure in those that fear him, and in them Jesus Christ will shortly be glorified and admired.”
-Matthew Henry’s commentary
In the good moments, praise Him, thank Him, and rejoice with Him. In the bad moments, praise Him, thank Him, and be comforted by Him.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” -2 Cor. 1:3-4
The Comforter lives in me
Remember that Jesus’ sacrifice covered every moment of our lives. By repenting from our sins and believing Jesus is the ONLY way, truth, and life, we receive the gift of salvation. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about and/or would like to know more, please get in touch with me!!)
Every moment of our lives is drenched in grace.
Grace to receive the good moments and grace to survive the bad moments.
In a moment of succumbing to temptation, humans brought sin into the world.
In a moment of experiencing the weight of our transgressions, Jesus brought redemption to the world.
“Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man [Jesus] the many will be made righteous.” -Rom. 5:18-19
A lot can happen in a moment. Make the best of the moments God is giving you.
And never ever stop being amazed at that moment on Calvary when the perfect Son of God paid the price for our sins.
how can it be?
God’s grace in my life today:
I was reminded of many of the moments (good and bad) that have brought me to this point and I’m excited to experience the moments He has in store for me. I’m remembering the joy I’ve felt in the good moments and the comfort He’s given me in the hard moments.