the imperishables

In my faith, emotional experiences come and go. Ideas, experiences, and opinions change and morph as months and years pass. People and relationships change, too. In the chaos of a changing life, sometimes I ask, “What is going to last?” I want something to hold onto when life is a blurring carousel of changing landscapes.

I woke up this morning with part of a verse in my head. With the help of Google, I found the source of the few words that kept replaying in my mind (“genuineness…faith…valuable than gold…huh? Oh, there it is”).

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to be distressed by various trials so that the genuineness of your faith – more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire – may result in praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (I Peter 1:3-7)

What perishes will be burned away through time and by experiences, hard times, and challenges. What’s left will be imperishable and beautiful: firm and stable faith.

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One Response

  1. Thanks for the reminder and perspective – it was a blessing.

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