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October 15, 2016, 6:23 PM

Waiting With Expectation


I guess the video last week brought out the emotional side of my personality. I'm normally a pretty calm, cool, and collected kind of guy. On a normal day my emotions range between happy and hungry.  But, last week I was a sentimental softy.

On the way to lunch, I told Carrie that I was for the first time ready to meet our new baby girl. I was tired of waiting, I wanted to know her. I wanted to see her face and look into her eyes.  The suspense was killing me. 

As I thought about that, I began to worry that I wasn't as good of a dad to this baby girl as I was with Emory. I mean, what kind of dad takes nine months to get ready to meet his daughter? As my thoughts turned to worries and my worries turned irrational; I decided it was something that I needed to pray about. 

Of course, as a preacher, I feel like every emotional moment should have some collation to my relationship with God.  As I began to think about how excited I was to meet this new baby girl, something shameful dawned on me. Why am I rarely this excited at the thought of meeting Jesus?

David Crowder sings a song that says: “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die”.

I'm not suggesting that we should begin to look forward to death, because that would be strange. But I do find it odd that we talk about going to heaven and how great it will be, but the truth is that we really don't want to leave what we have on earth. 

1 Corinthians 1:7 says that we should be “awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ”. We should look forward to the day that we see his face and look into his eyes. We sing “this world is not my home, I'm just a passin' thru”, but do we really live like that?

If you ask me, I think that we should do everything necessary today to make that day as great as it can possibly be. We should live like we are awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. 


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