From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17

My kids are seven, four, and two. On our way out of the library, we met someone who we hadn’t seen in a while. “My your brood has grown fast,” she said as we passed on the sidewalk. In some form or another, I have heard that comment several times lately. When you have children, it feels like in a blink of an eye they are already headed off to kindergarten, then high school, and then college or the real world. Before I know it, I’ll be having grandchildren! All in the blink of an eye. Time passes so quickly. Our understanding of time, though, is minimal compared to the God of the universe. When Jesus began his preaching almost 2000 years ago, He said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near” (Matthew 4:17). I read that and think, “Near? It’s been almost 2000 years!” But to me, 2000 years is forever. To God, forever is forever. Our life spans may literally be a blink of His eye. Lately, The Lord has been convicting me of something: If our earthly lives are short and fly by, then why do we spend so much time and effort trying to make them perfect? Especially, when a perfect life really does exist, but we can’t create it. When we place our faith in Christ as our personal savior and Lord, we are given the gift of eternity, the gift of a perfect life with our Heavenly Father. What would happen if I devoted my brief time here on earth to growing as a servant of the Lord instead of trying to create the perfect life that will be gone in a blink of an eye? I want my Lord to look down at me at the end of my life and say, “Wow, she sure grew up fast!” Grew as a Christian, as a servant of the Lord, and as a woman with her eyes focused on the forever life not the “perfect” life now.

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