Why do I spend the nights far off shore, thinking of your face with no remorse?
It’s because I can’t stand to be away of such heavenly glow
Why is it then, that I cry if I see you leave my side to be somewhere else?
There’s no greater sorrow than to see thy grace leave my side
How come I feel as if the Earth rotates not around the sun but around you instead?
It is because like magnets I am attracted to your place
And when the flowers gloom and grow into life
I notice there is something missing in sight
For as many time it wants to try
No rose could ever come close to the feeling inside
That of which is engraved in my heart
The love the I have for you tonight
Once my eyes closes I find you hiding
Right under my eyelids as dreams finally find me
And with each breath of every new day
That love would have forever-more been multiplied
So why do I try to make you understand
This of which not even I comprehend?
It is because in this never ending paradox
I continuously try in order to fail
So when the sun shines through my window the next day
I will have more reasons to write again
To tell the world yet again
That I love thee more today than yesterday
Yet as much as I wish I could express it all
The impossible task only more difficult becomes
But I mind not nor wonder off
One look in your eyes and I am already gone
Not too far, not too close
But inside your heart where I belong
Though you seem quite aware
There’s no telling what you might think
When you look deep inside my heart
and find your name written in green
Not sure if anyone took notice but I wrote this awhile ago:
Not everything lasts a lifetime, but the most important things in life are those that does - JJV
What got me to this thinking is actually a very funny story. It all started with a microwave - yes, a microwave. Let me explain as best as I can.
One afternoon I was hungry and it was time for lunch, there was only a bit of rice left and so I decided to heat it up in the microwave. As the timer went down, I stared into this machine differently than before, as if I have never been in contact with it. My absolutely crazy mind started looking at the microwave closely and thinking how overused it really was, it’s not the best, not the microwave of the year, not the most expensive one. It has been used by us for countless years and it was now decaying. It was then when a thought came to mind, “this will most certainly not last forever, but it is not an important thing to worry about, nothing lasts a lifetime.” But then I stopped in my train of thought and realize this was not true, “the most important things do indeed last a lifetime.” The combination of these two thoughts it’s what lead me to the quote I posted above.
I have been meaning to write about this for awhile now, but what was suppose to be a short story, turned into an even bigger one. I had one more revelation. Last Monday I went to the beach with my girlfriend and her parents, in the car on the way there (not sure how the topic came about) she said basically the same thing “nothing is forever….well except some things.” When I heard her say this, or something of the sort, I am not quoting exactly how it went about; it was nothing short of outstanding. I knew for a fact that was what I was going to write about, once we made it to the beach I told her personally how she helped me pick a topic for my next entry, and she was the very first person to have a preview of what it was going to be about. It was a sign to me that this should be my next topic.
I deviated a bit to bring forth how this all came about, but now that you spend the last two paragraphs reading about a microwave and the beach, lets get straight to the point.
This could not be more true. Just think about it, all material things fade, all the things in this life that really do not matter falter and ultimately decay, they do not last. But if you stop and think about it, there are some things that never go away. A long lasting, meaningful friendship. A very loving relationship with your parents, your spouse, your kids. The lessons your parents taught you as a kid, the memories of every good moment spend with them. The love that you carry for your wife, the commitment of never leaving her side.
Lessons. Love. Relationships. Memories.
These are only some of the things that have one thing in common, they last a lifetime. They endure forever and continue on to eternity. Yet there is one more thing, more important than all of the above, another guarantee of something else that is infinite. Eternal life. In our Lord Jesus Christ we find just that, eternal life, even what we might think is our final fate (death) through Christ we instead find life. It is through Him that then we can find eternal life, it lasts a lifetime and beyond. As it states, it is ETERNAL, a forever long time in heaven, a guarantee for all that have accepted Him, and this brings to yet something else that lasts a lifetime. Salvation. When we accept God’s gift to us by grace, and accept Jesus as our only Lord and Savior we become saved, and this is something that no one takes away.
What could possibly be better than that? To have our salvation secure and our place in heaven, it just goes to show that we should invest our time more in those things that are eternal and not to our every day silly problems.
Invest time on what really deserves it.
Promise to love her “till death do us apart” and do not give up after three years, keep it forever as you promised. Instruct your kids in the word of God so that they will have life long lessons to remember for the rest of their lives. Make wonderful memories with your loved ones so that you will have these implanted in your brain every day of your life. And most importantly, spread the Gospel of Christ so that others can enjoy and be a part of this eternal place called heaven.
Lets then worry about the important things, those things that last a lifetime.
Clouds above the skies
Cover the emptiness of this drought
The sun shines up ahead
Alluring at the place we call Earth
The transparent blue ocean waves
Crash back and forth beyond the north
Where I finally find you and me
By the fort alongside the sea shore
The tenderness of the wind
Mimics the love she placed in me
No matter how long the wait
Like a lighthouse I stay in my place
If only my heart could talk
I would no longer be at lack of words
For I have no way to express
How possible my impossible love for you is
The tick tack of the clock
Oh how you tease me with the “tock”
If it were me I would drift across time alone
Just to make every second of mine only yours
The night covers everywhere it goes
The sun faints lending its light to its friend
The moon now accompanied by a thousand others
Gleaming the Earth with its shine of hope
Yet up above jealously is heavily perceived
Even though they don’t normally get along
All the stars agree on just one thing
The brightest star is down here with me
And when all is said and done
Nature sure is one marvelous thing
Everywhere in plain sight you can find
A never ending painting being drawn in front of our eyes
Though God’s creation never comes short
And beauty is all around to explore
Even angels can clearly see
That He outdid himself when he created thee
I must confess it’s been awhile since I’ve written something, because of school and personal issues I have not had the time, I have been very busy. So do not be too harsh if this specific note is too plain or too dull, I can’t remember the last time I wrote something.
That being said, I find very hard to believe how someone can break the most important promise they make in their whole entire life. Normally when one promises something they attempt to keep that promise, they do whatever it takes to get it done. I believe one does not promise something unless it is very meaningful to them, unless they know they are willing to keep it, no matter what might lie ahead. What’s the most important promise you could possibly make you might ask? Well, there’s no greater promise to yourself, to God, and to your future spouse than, yes, getting married.
That’s right, I’m going there.
I have not watched the news recently but I believe divorce rates are very high, like sky high. My only guess is that it has only gotten that much higher, and here lies my problem. How you can you stand in front of so many people, with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with right in front of you, a ring in your hand; and years later say you can take no longer. How can the spark end so quick to the most valuable promise made in a person’s life? Through better and through worse, till death do us apart, how can people say “I do” through all these things yet leave it for avail?
It is beyond me, for that matter you should have not gotten married in the first place, once you are there in the altar and kiss the bride, the most important promise of your life has been sealed - do not break it. Don’t say “you are not the person I married” because frankly, you are looking at the same person just not with the same eyes you did years ago. The person in front of you is still the same sinful and faulty person; with mistakes and imperfections all over him/her. As the bible states love never ends/fails, love endures ALL things.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (New King James Version)
”4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.”
We see a very prestigious title given to our fellow U.S. Marines and that is “The few. The proud.” You can punch me in the gut but I dare say that the more proud are those that under God’s will have been able to keep their marriage forever, and not to mention they are even less in numbers. Not to criticize our courageous Marines that are out there fighting for all of us, for in fact I am sure that some of them have also been able to keep that promise with their spouse and they are an even fewer number of them and even prouder. My point is, every so often that I would see that slogan I would think of just this, “I want to be one of the very few and proud men that has a lasting marriage for eternity. I want to be one of the few and proud men to keep their homes full of love and safety. I want to be one of the very few and proud men to keep their families honoring God and to teach their children the right path. I want to be one of THOSE few and proud men - a man of God.”
I know when the time comes and it is my turn there at the altar I will not fail, I will make sure my marriage lasts a lifetime and I will love my wife dearly “till death do us apart” and even then. The task at hand is great and very difficult, where many of the soldiers have surrendered and given up because they cannot finish the mission. I hereby stand and say that I will carry my cross and continue to follow Jesus, and in result I will grow old loving my wife with more intensity and more passion than I did 50+ years ago. I promise that when I make that lifelong promise I won’t back down or give up because only a few men can say that they are…
It was supposed to be the most luxurious, most exquisite, elegant and safe ship EVER. People were more than excited to be the first on the Titanic! This was the most high tech technology at the time; it was the news of the day, of the year. Who could bring this ship down? No one! ”Not even God could sink the Titanic,” not even…wait what? Now, before I get carried away and people start posting “it was human error!” think about this for a second. How sure would you be of something if you are willingly telling the world that not EVEN God can sink this ship? Extremely sure I suppose. No ONE would make such a statement if they were not sure that their project was flawless.
Anyways, it was an outrageous statement, how can you go as far as saying that God can’t bring down a simple ship? We mere humans can make something greater than God himself? I think not. Whatever reason people give for the sinking of the Titanic, I will always believe this had to do with it. Why would you challenge God? You just won’t win.
Now, lets put this into perspective, wouldn’t the opposite be true? What if you walk with God, wouldn’t you always win? Exactly my point. With God you always reach your destination. He is the God of the impossible, that makes the impossible, possible!
Also, on a different note, me, my parents and our church are taking the “One Month to Live Challenge.” It is based on a book by Kerry and Chris Shook with a simple idea, “what if you only had one month to live. What changes would you make in your life?” The idea is to live every day as if it were your last, seeing the world in a different perspective and live life to the fullest (God wise). I encourage everyone to take on this challenge and if you could, to buy the book. I personally love the idea, I’m sure that if your doctor would tell you that there’s only 30 days left for you to live, things would drastically change and your priorities will definitely be brought to light.
(Here’s the website: http://www.onemonthtolive.com/)
Anyways, who’s ready for spring break? I sure am! I hope and wish an amazing spring break for each and every one of you, make the best of it; remember, you ONLY have one month to live!
(For this Easter you are welcome to take the challenge with us at our church: Iglesia Vida Nueva, 10855 SW 72 St.Miami, FL. Sunday at 10:30am - April 12 at 10:00pm. Also for the youth, every Tuesday we are meeting on 14195 SW 88 St Apt# 202, at 8:00 pm, everyone is invited. See ya there!)