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Eternity Matters: I MISS MY TIME WITH YOU

By Norma Shull Smith

I am in the middle of co-authoring a book that has me deep in the thought of life. Some authors write books known as a Biography. I was looking into root words and discovered Biography is derived from Bio, which simply means in Greek, “Life.” I am not co-authoring a Biography, but rather a book “ABOUT life eternal and the reality of heaven.” That is not the title, but rather the content!
Like some reading this article, I have experienced the death of parents, friends, and relatives. Most recently I was thrust into widowhood, a terrible place to be. The more I experience it, the more questions I have that I want answers. Knowing there are countless people out there who have lost a loved one, I and my co-author decided to find real answers for tough questions.
Isn’t it ironic that the Bible contains a list of books within 1 book!It is the “Inspired Word of God” (2nd Timothy 3:16) and once we die, God refers to theBOOK OF LIFE, to see if our name is recorded!! (Revelation 20:12 and several places, do a search). God gave us the Bible as a guide for life, to take us from the cradle to the grave, giving assurance that through death we gain eternity. A forever place called Heaven or Hell and He left our destination our choice, according to how we choose to live life on earth.
It is obvious that each of us are authoring our own life’s book. Every day we live, is a page written and every chapter written, is a year that cannot be rewritten. Some of our books are pretty short, for lives are cut short daily through accidents, disease and sometimes self-inflicted.
How we live daily becomes a record to God. We either believe it or we do not. Countless people deny Christ daily by how they choose to live the very life that He gave us.
My heart has been heavy lately for those who have become robots to the world. Their every day is routine. Awaken, stretch, feet to floor, shower or bath, perhaps grab a bite on the run with a stop for coffee to work, or grocer. Do the things mandated us, through job responsibilities or house hold needs. We cook, we clean, we go to meetings, many meetings for some, run car pool, attend children’s activities; you get the picture. Some take time to go to church, and yes, even get deeply involved, yet still come up empty, realizing there has to be something more.
It reminds me of that meaningful song by Larnelle Harris, ‘I Miss My Time With You.” The second stanza of that song says it all:
I miss my time with you, those moments together
I need to be with you each day and it hurt’s me when you say you’re too busy,
BUSY TRYING TO SERVE ME, but how can you serve me,when your spirit’s empty, there’s a longing in my heart, wanting more than just a part of you, it’s true, I miss my time with you.
If you are reading this article, are you one who could say, ‘I do take time every day to get personal with God? I pray, I read His Word,’ or does the Book set on a shelf somewhere in the house, and you can’t remember the last time, if ever, you have called on His name. Are you the robot, just going through required motions of the day? I challenge each of you to take your life to a deeper level, for one day, we will all face eternity and God wants your daily life choices to include the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
Sometime today, get alone and read these Scriptures and then talk to God, because Eternity Will Matter! Matthew 6:33, First Chronicles 16:11, Ephesians 5:16, Psalm 119:147, Matthew 7:23, Romans 12:1 and Hebrews 4:16

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