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8.24.2017

The Hardest Thing

Okay. This post deserves a little bit of explanation. About a year ago, I came across this post from the blog On the Other Side of Reality. The author's most recent post was titled The Hardest Thing and described a deep, sad, picture of life and its end. As I read it, I realized that indeed, a lot of people believe that and live like that every day... and my heart felt so heavy for those, those who essentially have no hope.
The author has allowed me to write something based of off her original work, which is intended to show another "hardest thing"- in my opinion, the hardest thing that can happen to a believer in Christ.
Please understand- this post is in no way is intended to hold anything against or put down the the author, what she writes, or what she believes. Since she identifies as an agnostic, I would not agree with most of her beliefs, but in this case my point is not to disagree or argue anything- I only wanted to share my take on a heartfelt glimpse of what the future holds for a person. Again, go ahead and read the original post before reading my spinoff, and thanks again to the author for allowing me to share this.


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....is when you know you could have done more, done better, done it well. You knew how to sing, to dance, to write, draw, and speak- but you didn't do it for the right reason. You had money and power, influence and skill, but what is left of you? What is there to show in the light of eternity? The only thing that just kept you going on- just barely hanging on, day after day- was that secret hope that one day you might find out the real reason for life. You didn't bother looking into it then, although it would have been the only thing that would have smoothed away the tears and stress and emptiness of life and let you see the world like it is.

And so you learned to live your life that way. You kept it all inside, but finally, nearly at the last minute, you found out. You gave in to what you knew must have existed all along- that gentle voice that tugged at your soul. And when you finally exited this world there was Someone on the other side to comfort you. However, there were no loving arms and gentle reassurances in this one as you slowly exited this life, there were no grave performances or dramatic memorials as you returned to the dust where you came. And you know it's all your own fault. All there is is Him- suddenly the only thing you ever knew was ever enough, as you are swept away for eternity. In that final moment, there is peace. There wasn't what you expected, though- no congratulations on your earthly accomplishments and successes, only Him and that overwhelming wave of remembrance of what you could have done with your life but didn't, and then everything else fading out and a new life beginning forever. 

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If you are a believer in Christ, would you agree that the thought of a wasted life- with nothing left to give Him- is the hardest thing? Of course, we can never come to Christ "too late", as everything is in His timing, and we know that He alone is enough -that we can never do anything to earn heaven- but our love for Him in this life is proved by our actions. How sad to have nothing to show.
I would love to know your thoughts about this. What do you think is the hardest thing? 

10 comments:

  1. Emily. Thank you..

    Thank you for writing this. Can I do a spin off of yours and hers too?

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    1. Thank you, Libby.
      I'm okay with it, as long as you would please link back for proper credit. (I'd recommend linking back to her original one as well as mine).

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  2. WOW. This is so good and I agree - that IS the hardest thing. I can't imagine coming to the end of my life and realizing how much of it I wasted. However what I find so beautiful is the fact that God would take me anyway and love me just as much. NOW that is Grace! <3 <3
    Thank you for posting!

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    1. Thank you Kara! I agree 100%- that is Grace to the fullest degree.
      Thank you for reading. xx

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  3. Woah, this was really good Emily. The hardest thing would be to live life and then after dying realizing how much of it I wasted. It's so amazing to know God's Grace, mercy, and love
    Thank you :)

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    1. Yes, you're absolutely right! Thanks for reading, Sarah!

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  4. I agree. A lifetime of waste as someone who had so much to give back. What a hard thing and a heavy burden to bear in hindsight! :/ Thanks for writing this! It was well written, as was the original.

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