Pausing to Consider Eternity

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pausing to consider eternity

I realize that our minds are not capable of understanding God, the Holy Trinity or Eternity. But I think each of us has a mindset or an idea about each of these illusive ideas. One of the most difficult is Eternity.

In our American culture the clock is always ticking. We measure everything by time. God forbid if one moment goes by without us being aware of how much time it took to be happy, sad, or odd. One of my seniors actually said, “In a perfect world we would not need sleep. If we did not need sleep think of how much more productive we would be?” This student is very intelligent and thoughtful. He has been raised with the constraints and limitations of time in our society.

So when we try to fathom the thought of eternity – the totality of time with no beginning or end – our minds are overloaded and go straight back to something familiar like our sense of time.  We can measure a second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, and a lifetime. In order for us to understand this concept we must be able to relate it to our own lives. Eternity is forever without end much like space, which is another thought that will make your mind pop!

If eternity is forever longer than anything we can ever comprehend, and we are certain to be in that existence after our earthly life is over, then why aren’t we working towards spending it in heaven with God?

If we will have an afterlife, which many religions believe, then why aren’t we being the best people we can possibly be?

Why aren’t we in Church, reading scriptures, listening and praying to God, and doing anything and everything to do God’s will on earth so God will accept us into the eternity of heaven?

I guess because we are human. We cannot understand it so we ignore it. We are not focused on the prize; instead we are focused on making it through this lifetime. It would be wise to reflect on our lives and beliefs and then decide on a way to live so that we are living to do the Will of God. Eternity is forever and I want to spend my in the loving embrace of God the father not suffering in the torment of the void of God.

What do you want to do?

Copyright 2013 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp

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Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is first and foremost a mother of four children under the age of 17. She has been married to the love of her life, Aaron, for over 19 years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom for over 6 years. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She has completed her 3rd year of teaching theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.

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