The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Two weeks ago today, I had open-heart bypass surgery. When my doctor explained the medical situation, my priorities immediately came into focus. I became conscious of what is truly important in life and what is merely trivial.
We only have so many days on this earth. The name Heart of Wisdom comes from Psalm 90:12.
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90 was written by Moses. In verse ten of this psalm, Moses declared: The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength. Seventy or eighty years is all that we are likely to be given, and that means that we have somewhere between 25,550 and 29,200 days on this earth. If you could imagine a time line of eternity, a lifespan of eighty years would be a small speck.
James wrote: You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James :14). We have only a fleeting existence on this earth, yet God’s mighty love can bring joy into the lives of His people and make life meaningful and worthwhile, when we seek Him.
The Desire of My Heart
Paul said the greatest of all virtues is love. That’s what I want to do with the rest of my days on earth–love God and love others. My heart’s desire is to seek God, love Him, and allow Him to work in me. My heart’s desire is to show love to my husband, my children, and my grandchildren and anyone else God brings into my path. I want to teach my children and grandchildren not to make the mistakes I made–not to waste years seeking the things of the world when the things of God are so much more satisfying.
If you love God you will do everything you can to learn about Him and please Him. You will want to serve and obey Him. Love wants to do good. The more you learn of Him the more you want to do for Him. The more you want His Spirit to rule. Then you will pray “More of You Lord, less of me.”
The Big Picture
In return, the Lord loves us and gives us the desires of our hearts–not material things (as some that twist Scripture preach). Lottie Moon, missionary to China, died of starvation serving God. Starvation was not the desire of her heart, her desire was to know the depth of God. God’s love for us is evident eternally, not in a few moments pulled out of context of our eternal life. God sees the big picture.
Our view of sickness and death can seem cruel. But when we view it from God’s view–of eternity–things like sickness can be a tool lovingly used to bring someone to eternal life. Would you, for example, be willing to leave this earthly body early if it meant your child would receive eternal life?
I have a dear friend that has always had a hard time understanding how God could allow sickness and tragedies. After much prayer and seeking she broke free from the need to understand and has come to accept, by faith, that all things are for good. She came up with this phrase that helps her, “For the greater good.” This is the key, remembering that God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9).
In my book The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach, I ask “What if you discovered that you had only a short period left to live? What would you want to teach your children before you died?”
We have good intentions, but often we look up and realize that time has passed us by. The things we promised we’d accomplish remain undone. Before we know it, days have become weeks; weeks, months; and months, years. We so often miss the opportunities that God places in our path, and sometimes there is not a second chance.
There are only so many days…use them wisely (turn off the TV for starters). Start each day seeking God in His Word and asking God for His will in your life. Teach His commands to your children daily that they may gain a heart of wisdom.
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
I could sing of His love forever!