6/16: Mentality Based on Reality

 

My father, Rev. Dr. Vincent Norris, had Alzheimer’s disease. It was extremely difficult to wrap our minds around the fact that this brilliant man, who had earned a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University (then Morgan College) in Maryland, a master’s degree from New York University, and a doctorate from California Graduate School of Theology, no longer knew who we were as his family.

Still those final years of my daddy’s life were not all discouraging; in fact, they were precious. You see, my daddy knew one person He never did forget, and that was his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Daddy had dedicated his entire life to God and although Alzheimer’s took his remembrance of earthly relationships, it couldn’t touch the abiding relationship he had with His Lord. Alzheimer’s, like all other diseases, can only attack us in the physical realm; it can’t touch the spiritual. That explains why Daddy could conduct Bible studies with imaginary people and be right on theologically with the Word of God. That also explains why he continued to walk around with his Bible and continued to enjoy going to church.

God is real. The same God who commanded light to shine out of darkness is the God who shines in our hearts, yes, in these earthly vessels of ours (2 Corinthians 4:6-7). The same God who raised Jesus from the dead will also raise us up (2 Corinthians 4:14). Looking at those facts, Paul concludes, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.             For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJ).

Wrap your mentality around reality. Snap out of your depression and low self-image. God thinks so much of you that He has selected you as a roommate; He’s literally moved into your heart. Now, even though the outward, physical body may get sick, old, and even ravished by disease, the inward man – where God lives – is being constantly revitalized. (Remember, nothing could stay dead in the presence of Jesus).

Let us allow the outward expression of our disposition to reflect not the temporal effects of our physical bodies or surroundings, but the eternal, inward reality of our position with Christ in God.

Happy Father’s Day!

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on June 16, 2013.

One Response to “6/16: Mentality Based on Reality”

  1. I miss my dad too…and, I am not as transparent as others might think. Sanewriter, you are tremendous!

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