Beyond Luggage {Masterpiece Weekend}

These weekend features are to remind us of all the INGs of life. The Doing. The Nothing. The Speaking (of the Holy Spirit). The Listening (of our hearts).


As I was working on writing Monday’s post this last week, I experienced yet an even deeper lesson of perspective. Way beyond luggage. Way beyond learning the fine art of waiting.

A pastor and dear friend lost his earthly battle with cancer, and in exchange, won the eternal prize of seeing Jesus face-to-face. And though we are grieving his loss, we rejoice that he is finally home.

As I contemplate his life – lived out so intentionally, so kindly, so compassionately, for the glory of our Heavenly Father, I am struck by the shallowness of my own thought process; in turn, multiplying my pondering on what is truly important.

Life is so much more than the immediate.

May these ever-changing shifts in our earthly lives open our eyes to the bigger picture. Our smallness. His greatness. And the wonder of His grace.

So when the milk is spilled, the wall sconce broken, the knees on that new pair of jeans totally ruined, and the mama nerves thoroughly rattled, Perspective can make her graceful appearance. And as we peer at life through our eternal telescope, may we see that milk can always be cleaned up, wall sconces fixed, jeans replaced, and nerves healed.

Only the eternal really matters.

May the Lord bless you and keep you as you pursue perspective, keeping your eyes fixed on Him.

Have a great weekend, friends.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  ~  1 Peter 1:3-9


Anne-Renee Gumley

Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.

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