And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Our humanness is the natural gift we are, all of us, receiving all the time.
It includes grumpy spouses, irate bosses, rebellious children, gossipy neighbors, sore backs, tired legs and joys so infinite they exceed every expectation of daily living. Humanness includes desire and hope and disappointment and despair. It includes the fear of missing out, the awkwardness of being left out and the humiliation of being pointed out. It includes success and failure, victory and defeat, loneliness and togetherness. It includes everything, every moment, of every day.
Your heart can beat, your veins can pulse with blood, your lungs can breathe in fresh air and your mind can think, but if you are not willfully aware of the moment right in front of you, in all of its magnitude and magnificence, you are not really alive, because the opposite of death is not life; it is presence.
And the best thing…you get to choose to be present to what is. All of the ordinary start and stops, ups and downs, bumps and turns in the road we are riding on and this life we are moving through are to be welcomed. They are necessary, because those events allow us to realize when something extraordinary happens. It is in those moments, we can feel fully human; which is to say, fully alive. So enjoy the moment! But wait a minute. Something even better awaits us.
Yes, in this life God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; those things are nothing compared to what awaits us in heaven. You know all of those start and stops, ups and downs, bumps and turns in the road and in this life? Well, they are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Paul knew this and so wrote, For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Wow! Just think about it for a moment. We will lose are humanness and gain immortality. We will be walking and talking with Jesus in a place of glory, splendor, magnificence and light for all eternity. That thought alone sustains me.
Yes, I am here now, so I will enjoy the moments of my humanness; but I will never forget they are nothing in comparison with the future glory that awaits me. They are nothing in degree. The fleeting moments of earthly joy will pass away, but that future joy shall never become dim or diminished; it will only increase and expand forever and ever.
To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.