eternal life, now

This is what we ache for.

When I'm searching for meaning and purpose in life. When I feel so incredibly lonely and wish someone understood me. When life here feels so pointless and miserable. I ache so deep and cry bitter tears of longing. This world is our home, if but temporarily, and without a friendship with God, it can feel awfully empty and shallow.

I remember driving in my <borrowed> little white convertible geo metro {you can laugh, but it was so fun} singing along with Switchfoot's "Dare You To Move" blasting through the Tennessee countryside. I was in college, had my whole life in front of me, had lots to look forward to. I had such anticipation. For me, this song gave me goosebumps about being in the middle of God's plan for my life.

welcome to the planet
welcome to existence
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
like today never happened
like today never happened before
salvation is here

The lyrics still make me tremble. But my excitement for life on this planet has diminished. Daring myself to move means getting out of bed to make breakfast, yet again, for the hungry little beggars. {that would be my children. it might seem more glamorous if I was really feeding the homeless. then again, perhaps not.}

The point is -- whether we're excited about a new day or not, whether we feel motivated or not, whether we're lonely or not, SALVATION IS HERE.

And that is the truth. Here. Now. We're in the middle of it. Complete, unrelenting, all-encompassing saving grace. If we thought about that more, I believe it would bring the light of eternity into our daily lives.

May we find daily, ever-renewed satisfaction in the love of Jesus. May it make all our days, in the here and now, a little more like heaven. 
Eternal life with Jesus, starting now.