“The years…pass quickly, and then we are gone.” Ps 90:10 NCV
I read a quote the other day from Eileen Silva Kindig: “We talk about lack of time…when what we lack is backbone to take responsibility for how we spend it…Instead of coming home, we’re escaping to the office and assembly line to get away from household chores, childcare, and the demands of relationships…work gives us a buzz. Besides money and freedom, it provides the satisfaction of a job well done, an outlet for creativity, breezy, low-demand camaraderie, and intellectual stimulation…All this may be keeping us financially afloat…but the less time we spend with family, the messier our home life gets.”
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NKJV
We are referred to in John as the branch. Jesus said “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.” Our goal is to be as close to Jesus as the branches are to the vine. That we would be an extension of Christ like the branches are an extension of the vine. For It to be impossible to tell where one starts and the other ends.
If you have ever ventured out into the woods you have probably ran into a woodpecker. They have this amazing ability to stay and work one tree over. You don’t see them jumping from tree to tree. Why? Persistence pays off.
They are looking for bugs (Dinner). And they know that they are in every tree. They stay on one tree instead of flying from tree to tree for a reason. It boils down to a simple mathematic equation… They have a 1/1 chance, in a whole tree of pecking, to hit a bug. The good news is… Every time they stay and try again the higher their percentage of finding a bug.
There is this story about a young son of a king who was removed from his family and forced to live in horrible conditions. He was exposed to every kind of horrible thing imaginable. Though for a time he grew up as royalty, his captors believed they could break him to such a degree that he would eventually destroy himself by giving in to a life of total and complete debotury. But after months of being around all of it, the boy remained un-affected. When asked why he wouldn’t take part in any of the things he was subjected to, he said, “Because I was born to be a king.”