donderdag 23 december 2010


Sometimes I take a step back and look at my life and everything going in the world and I realize how temporary everything is. In about 120 years from now the entire population living on earth right now (almost 7 billion people) will be gone. A new generation will have taken our place. This puts everything in perspective.

When I look back on my life what would be the things I would have liked to have achieved, what is really important and will have value for eternity?

Link to time lapse video

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

Matthew 6:19-21
2 Corinthians 4:18
1 Corinthians 15:53,54
Revalation 21:1-5a

zondag 19 december 2010

In the Potter's Hands

Did you ever have the feeling you wanted to break free from something God is doing in your life. You feel you are stuck in a certain situation and cannot escape, that you’re in a bad dream and want to wake up to a more comfortable life. Time is standing still, doors are staying closed and you feel you’re not getting anywhere. You cannot make sense of things and even when you think hard you still cannot find any reasons for things going the way they are. Your thoughts just go in circles. You ask God to do something, to give you some clue, to make things feel less heavy, but it remains silent. You feel uneasy and you just want to get out, but it feels as if a hand is pressing up against you making it impossible for you to get away. When you are in such a time are you able to believe God is at work in you to create something beautiful, something that will be of value even in eternity?

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the LORD came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.
Jeremiah 18: 1-6

Watch the following video:
link video potter and clay


Stay in the centre of Gods will

Let go

Trust Him


Humble yourself

Be patient

Open up

Have faith

Be still and know that I am God

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 46:10a
James 4:10
2 Corinthians 4: 7
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Romans 8: 28-29
Philippians 4:6-7