What’s in A Name?

When I decided to start blogging, I thought, “Okay, I need to come up with a clever name that makes sense and isn’t the title of 5,000 other blogs. Also, I want it to be about Jesus.”

**Cue looking up all of my favorite Bible verses trying to decide which ones could be the title of a blog.**

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 

I think the Lord is going to be revealing more and more to me why this verse made a perfect fit for the title of my blog as time goes on, but I want to share my initial thoughts on why I chose it.

My life, which you’ll get to know a whole lot more about, hasn’t been the easiest. I have experienced loss in ways many people won’t in 80 years. I am part of a blended family. I am three and a half years into my marriage. And I’m 24 years old.

As I considered names for my blog, I knew I would be writing about my life. I’ve sought out those verses in 2 Corinthians more than once in my life, and every time I am reminded that this life isn’t the end for me. In the grand scheme of eternity, what happens to me on earth won’t compare to my first second in heaven. I’m not downplaying the things I’ve experienced, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little perspective, and that’s what those verses give me.

For a lot of us (I would even venture to say all of us), life is a series of light and momentary troubles. When we are in the midst of them, though, it can be hard to see them as such. As humans, tragedy can shake us to our core, and I’m not just talking death; you are the only one who can define what a tragedy is to you. But…

We always have a choice as to how we will respond to the troubles we face.

The Bible says that, as believers, we will experience hardship in one way or another (John 16:33). It may not always be a direct attack from the enemy; it could simply be a consequence of living in a sinful, fallen world.

But take heart, Jesus has overcome this world. Does that blow your mind like it does mine? When we say, “yes,” to Jesus, we are saying, “yes,” to eternity and to the great commission…and to trouble. Because what He has done for us and what He gives us makes everything else look like nothing in comparison.

We are called to run this race of life, and to run it well. We know the prize at the finish line, and that’s eternity with Jesus. No matter what crap happens in my life. No matter what good things happen in my life. None will compare to the glory of God that I will experience for eternity. So I will fix my eyes on Him, even when it’s hard. Even if I can’t do it perfectly.

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