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:: Eighteen ::

Tomorrow is my 18th Birthday.

People always talk about it being such a huge thing for a young person to turn 18.

You are,evidentally,(or so I've been told)offically an adult. You can graduate now, or you can get a credit card...or you can do what you want without asking.

This Birthday has,somehow,a different feeling than any other for me...and it's not because of any of the above mentioned liberties I am now legally "allowed" to do.

Those things don't mean anything to me.

 

To me,"18" means I've had another year that Jesus has mercifully given me to serve Him.

It's another year that He's been gracious and forgiving to me.

Another year of that...and I certainly didn't deserve a second of it.

But most of all...it's another year,another day,another minute closer to heaven.

 

I read this the other day. It says everything I wanted to say about the passage of time...only so much better.Praise the Lord for giving me peace and joy in the midst of life! And for the hope that there won't be too many more days until I see Him,my Lord and Savior, face to face.

  

"...I dare say you often feel your heart faint and are sorely tempted to give up in despair. Your enemies seem so many, your besetting sins so strong, your friends so few, the way so steep and narrow, you hardly know what to do. But still I say, persevere and press on.

 

The time is very short. A few more years of watching and praying, a few more tossings on the sea of this world, a few more deaths and changes, a few more winters and summers, and all will be over. We shall have fought our last battle and shall need to fight no more.

 

The presence and company of Christ will make amends for all we suffer here below. When we see as we have been seen and look back on the journey of life, we shall wonder at our own faintness of heart. We shall marvel that we made so much of our cross, and thought so little of our crown. We shall marvel that in "counting the cost" we could ever doubt on which side the balance of profit lay. Let us take courage. We are not far from home. It may cost much to be a true Christian and a consistent holy man; but it pays."

 

{ J.C Ryle - Holiness }

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Taken on July 5, 2010