The other night we were watching Beauty and Beast. There is one scene where Belle wants to give her father one last hug goodbye, but the Beast is seemingly too cruel to let her. Belle then says these words that stuck out to me, “Forever can spare a minute” (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast).
These words are striking to me, but for two reasons.
1. Sometimes I go about my day and don’t even take one minute to talk with God. It’s not always that I’m blatantly not going to Him, sometimes I forget or I’m busy. But sometimes, it’s blatant.
When I think about it like that, I realize my day to day life can be slowed down, to experience the everlasting life that Jesus brings. If I just take those moments every day to hear from Him, learn from Him, and communicate with Him, I will grow more and crave more. My busy day or my plans CAN spare a minute.
2. The other way of looking at this phrase is actually quite eye-opening for me. “Forever ‘can’t’ spare a minute.”
A lot of us grow up and have trained our selves that we will “change” tomorrow, or start new habits tomorrow. Some of us even wait until a new year to start fresh. But what if forever cannot spare another moment?
If you’ve ever come close to a near death experience, suddenly these words seem magnified. These words turn from one language you do not know to your own, and there’s deeper understanding. Forever cannot be wasted on weeks of life for frivolous actions, a continual stumbling of temptation with the same sin, or toxic thinking that can be controlled or trained.
Forever is worth more than a day, weeks or years of selfish gain or pleasure. It’s worth more than one more day of laziness, worth more than another day of sinking in our struggles, when we simply have not reached out to the one who can save us. Forever is not something we should compromise on.
What if I spent every day as if it was my last? Would I still say, “I will start tomorrow?”
This is not to bring fear but rather encouragement to me today, tomorrow and the future. Live today as if it’s your last before forever. This means, loving Jesus, obeying Him, glorifying Him, and leaning on Him during our struggles.
Here are a couple of Bible verses to encourage you:
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