30/04/2018

Forever Can’t Wait

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.

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Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom

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?

It’s never a bad time to start cutting out toxic friendships, relationships, habits, addictions, insecure thinking, etc.

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?”

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Epcot, Disney World

 

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:

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24

“For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” Romans 14:8

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37

As I get older, I have begun to think about my future more and more. What do I want to do? Who do I desire to be? What do I want my relationship to be like, and my relationship with Jesus? But sometimes I’m so caught up in those thoughts that I forget or do not realize I can begin the foundation of all those questions. Now is a good time to start. Not tomorrow.

Thank you for reading,

Tay Ruth

2 responses to “Forever Can’t Wait”

  1. Riann says:

    Thanks to your cute nudging 😂 I clinked the link in your bio and I am so glad I did. This was so profound and yet simple and very encouraging especially since I am “restarting” tomorrow on the 1st of the month. 🤷‍♀️ You’re a great writer. I loved the question of would I start tomorrow if today was my last and also simply “reaching out to the one that can save me.” Thank you.

    • tayruth says:

      Riann,

      Thank you so much for your encouragement 😍 I’m glad you read it! It’s never a bad time to start something good. 💛

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