We have lost so much this year—and are concerned we will lose even more. We are worried about losing via the elections, losing our jobs, losing our health, and losing our freedoms. The reality is, pandemic or not, we lose all sorts of things in life. At any time, we can lose money, homes, jobs, loved ones, health, quality of life, and sometimes even life itself. Life can be very scary and very sad. It can be so difficult to get through each day and to keep on keeping on. How can we? Why would we want to?
I want to encourage you that life can also be good. We might find all sorts of good things: happiness, the loves of our lives, the perfect jobs, and sometimes even our car keys. And think of all the blessings we still have! But there is something even greater than these available for us to find, the thing that matters most of all: the salvation of our eternal souls. Jesus gave the treasure of His life, poured out on the cross, to provide that salvation for all who would believe. Have you ever gathered that treasure to yourself? He offers it freely to you.
And when you have secured your eternal life, your earthly life can be filled with the treasures of peace, joy, hope, and love. And no matter what you lose on earth, these treasures will always remain.
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b NKJV
©Text and photo Francee Strain, October 31, 2020
Some text adapted from Francee Strain, No Ordinary Invitation: Called to Live a Life of Eternal Purpose, (Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press, 2017), 63-4.