Read: Hebrews 12:1-2
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame. (v. 2)
Around me, I see people chasing happiness in ways that don’t satisfy for long. I, too, fall prey to pursuing joy from temporary fixes: a dream trip, something new that I don’t really need, changing (or dreaming about changing) my “look” to gain attention or affection, a job with a little more status than the last one. But happiness from things evaporates in the light of this cold, hard truth: in the midst of the stuff we own and the stuff that owns us, we’re all dying. We’re not always aware of it, but there is also an appropriate pause where we are challenged to live with death, to accept it as a transition rather than see it as an end.
In an astonishing verse in Hebrews, we learn that Jesus, for the joy he saw ahead, endured a brutal cross and despised a shameful death. I long for the joy ahead to help me through the transition too. I long to despise death so that I truly live, because eternal life has already started. Rather than wearying myself chasing illusions, deep, eternal joy is mine if I choose to live in it. The grave doesn’t end life but becomes a door to a beautiful forever, purchased by a resurrected Savior, joyfully making all things ready. —Amy Clemens
Prayer: Giver of Life, help me breathe deeply of the beautiful forever, the promise that kept you going, to the cross and beyond.