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This Eternal Day
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 by Susan Lyttek

In spite of what many philosophies today preach, eternity exists. It exists for every human being ever conceived. The innocent (those who perish before they can choose right from wrong) and the repentant will receive eternal life. The guilty and the unrepentant receive eternal death.

It all started with a choice. Once upon a time in a garden, there was a ‘this day’ when God said “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you[f] shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17) And a few ‘this day’s later, Eve chose poorly because she wanted. She coveted (later that would be against the 10th Commandment) both the fruit that looked good and the knowledge and position of God.

But also the serpent twisted, as he’s been known to do, what God said.

There’s this little matter of verb tense.

When God gives his command, he issues an ongoing future. Basically, his command’s consequences mean “dying, you shall surely die.” I think we can all agree that physically we begin dying as soon as we begin living. It’s part of the process now. But in the Garden, Eve (and Adam) had no decay. They had no hint of death. Most of the biological systems we understand now could not have existed in such a world. In this world, in this day, we are continually dying and advancing toward death. It’s exactly what the command of God foretold.

But the serpent was both honest in what it said and completely deceptive. Because it said, “You will not die,” meaning that you won’t keel over as soon as you take a bite. And Adam and Eve didn’t. They would each live for hundreds of years.

Eternity for humankind began when God breathed his Spirit into the two of them on day six of creation week. It required that touch of the divine to access eternity. And from the beginning, they were meant to have eternal life. But choosing against God set death in motion.

This is why it is fitting that in the book of Revelation, Jesus declares death is conquered. When the demons and those who support them are thrown into the second death, all who remain will have death purged from them. Nothing about them, physical, spiritual or emotional will ever die again.

In this eternal day, as every day truly is for the Christian, we straddle the current reality that includes the pain and suffering of death in all its iterations and the eternal reality of our neverending life. Both are true for the believer. Both are choices for this day.

Everything we choose nudges us closer to death or life. Everything.

This day is our first taste of eternity.

It’s not that choosing the mini-deaths will take away the eternal life promised us through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Nothing can do that. What those poor choices do is take away the joy of that eternity in the moment. For that step the wrong way, we taste despair instead of hope.

Physically, as I mentioned earlier, we begin dying at conception. Every day parts of us die only to be replaced. As we age past maturity, the pieces that die get replaced increasingly by less effective or less vibrant equivalents. It’s part of why we physically grow old.

But God’s plan spiritually is for us to grow into our eternity. “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.” (1 Corinthians 4:16-17) If we choose life more than death and teach ourselves to favor the things of life, the things of God, our spirit will become increasingly vibrant.

This day is the only day of eternity we can experience. It is the only day we can actively choose the things of God rather than the things of this world.

I don’t know about you, but I want to choose well. I want to nurture and grow a healthy spirit that’s ready for the other side of eternity.

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9/7/2018

The Walk of Life
Susan Lyttek

9/1/2018

Escaping Life Under the Sun
Susan Lyttek

8/24/2018

Why I Know There is a Hell
Susan Lyttek

8/18/2018

What I Can Do
Susan Lyttek

8/10/2018

The Non-writing Writing
Susan Lyttek

8/3/2018

Thoughts on Forgiveness
Susan Lyttek

7/28/2018

Of Mice and Fragile Clay
Susan Lyttek

7/21/2018

Farewell to the Teenage Years
Susan Lyttek

7/6/2018

Living Free
Susan Lyttek

6/30/2018

Reminiscing
Susan Lyttek

6/22/2018

A Writer's Tribute to Honest Guys
Susan Lyttek

6/15/2018

In Balance
Susan Lyttek

6/10/2018

Learning from Tabitha
Susan Lyttek

6/2/2018

Still Learning to Breathe
Susan Lyttek

5/26/2018

To Breathe
Susan Lyttek

5/19/2018

Sisters, Mothers and Dear Women
Susan Lyttek

5/13/2018

Tied to the Electrons
Susan Lyttek

5/6/2018

Powerless
Susan Lyttek

4/29/2018

A Sestina Education
Susan Lyttek

4/23/2018

Remodeling
Susan Lyttek

4/15/2018

Learning to Promote
Susan Lyttek

4/9/2018

Nobody's Fool--An Easter Sestina
Susan Lyttek

3/31/2018

The Week Leading to Easter
Susan Lyttek

3/25/2018

Off-balance
Susan Lyttek

3/18/2018

Lessons from the Hyacinth
Susan Lyttek

3/11/2018

Plant Lessons--The Aloe
Susan Lyttek

3/4/2018

The Lessons the Birds Teach Me
Susan Lyttek

2/25/2018

Love... By Any Other Name
Susan Lyttek

2/17/2018

The Ongoing Task of Learning
Susan Lyttek

2/4/2018

Musings About Pain
Susan Lyttek

1/29/2018

Time to Breathe
Susan Lyttek

1/21/2018

A Poem a Day
Susan Lyttek

1/13/2018

Beginnings
Susan Lyttek

1/6/2018

Why the Gospel of Luke Speaks to Me Best
Susan Lyttek

12/29/2017

Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek

12/21/2017

Revisiting Anna
Susan Lyttek

12/9/2017

Twas the Night
Susan Lyttek

12/1/2017

Quitting
Susan Lyttek

11/25/2017

The Wonder of a Shoebox
Susan Lyttek

11/18/2017

A Place to Hide
Susan Lyttek

11/11/2017

Thoughts on the Reformation
Susan Lyttek

11/4/2017

Lessons in Praise
Susan Lyttek

10/28/2017

Why I Love Fairy Tales (and It Probably Isn’t What You Think)
Susan Lyttek

10/21/2017

For Better, For Worse
Susan Lyttek

10/14/2017

Practicing Functional Fitness
Susan Lyttek

10/7/2017

Tired
Susan Lyttek

9/30/2017

Priorities
Susan Lyttek

9/23/2017

Teaching Other People's Kids
Susan Lyttek

9/16/2017

Crunch Time
Susan Lyttek

9/9/2017

At War With ... Myself
Susan Lyttek

9/2/2017

Prepping for the School Year
Susan Lyttek

8/26/2017

Overweight, Part Three
Susan Lyttek

8/19/2017

Overweight, Part Two
Susan Lyttek

8/11/2017

Overweight
Susan Lyttek

8/5/2017

Creating Worlds
Susan Lyttek

7/28/2017

Prepping to Attend a Christian Writers Conference
Susan Lyttek

7/20/2017

Karl Lessons
Susan Lyttek

7/7/2017

How I Learned the Feeling of Freedom
Susan Lyttek

7/3/2017

Learning from Marriage
Susan Lyttek

6/24/2017

What I Learned from my Dad
Susan Lyttek

6/17/2017

Lessons from Being Sick and Tired
Susan Lyttek

6/11/2017

My Worst Critic
Susan Lyttek

5/26/2017

May Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek

5/20/2017

Learning to Mom
Susan Lyttek

5/13/2017

Learning to Mom
Susan Lyttek

5/13/2017

Learning Honesty
Susan Lyttek

5/6/2017

A Tribute to my Husband
Susan Lyttek

4/22/2017

Celebrating the Resurrection
Susan Lyttek

4/15/2017

Your Custom Tract
Susan Lyttek

4/8/2017

March Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek

3/29/2017

A Tribute to Grandparents
Susan Lyttek

3/11/2017

God as Our Rock
Susan Lyttek

3/4/2017

February Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek

2/18/2017

Writing, Living and Existing
Susan Lyttek

2/11/2017

Learning from the Groundhog and the Auto Show
Susan Lyttek

2/4/2017

January Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek

1/28/2017

Of Christmases and January Past
Susan Lyttek

1/21/2017

Welcome 2017!
Susan Lyttek

12/31/2016

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek

12/23/2016

NaNo and Pebble Lessons
Susan Lyttek

12/16/2016

December Birthday Tributes
Susan Lyttek

12/5/2016

NaNoWriMo Lessons and Hopes
Susan Lyttek

11/18/2016

My November Birthday Tributes
Susan Lyttek

11/11/2016

Lessons of the Week
Susan Lyttek

11/4/2016

Learning to Speak Feline
Susan Lyttek

10/28/2016

On Changed Hearts, Changed Minds and Politics
Susan Lyttek

10/21/2016

October Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek

10/12/2016

Words and the Word (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek

10/2/2016

Words and the Word (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek

9/26/2016

Questions of Pain
Susan Lyttek

9/18/2016

September Birthdays
Susan Lyttek

9/11/2016

Standard Rescue, part 2
Susan Lyttek

9/3/2016

Standard Rescue, part 1
Susan Lyttek

8/27/2016

How to Go Into Debt
Susan Lyttek

8/19/2016

The Difference Hope Makes
Susan Lyttek

7/30/2016

Why Teach Poetry?
Susan Lyttek

7/24/2016

Lessons from My Color Bible, Part 3
Susan Lyttek

7/15/2016

Blog-itis
Susan Lyttek

7/8/2016

Reminiscing with the Patriot
Susan Lyttek

7/4/2016

Lessons in Fear
Susan Lyttek

6/30/2016

Lessons from My Color Bible, Part 2
Susan Lyttek

6/10/2016

Leftover Queen, Part II
Susan Lyttek

5/27/2016

Leftover Queen
Susan Lyttek

5/20/2016

Lessons from my Color Bible
Susan Lyttek

5/12/2016

Living As Called
Susan Lyttek

4/22/2016

Making Writing Fun Again
Susan Lyttek

4/15/2016

Springing
Susan Lyttek

4/6/2016

Good Friday Thoughts
Susan Lyttek

3/26/2016

Confessions of a Delinquent Blogger
Susan Lyttek

3/23/2016

Accepting the Gift of Free Time
Susan Lyttek

2/29/2016

Rest vs. the Type-A Female
Susan Lyttek

2/22/2016

Lessons on Sickness and Rest
Susan Lyttek

2/14/2016

Sick Lessons
Susan Lyttek

2/6/2016

Blocked
Susan Lyttek

1/27/2016

When Inspiration Fails to Strike
Susan Lyttek

1/16/2016

Stumbling Into the New Year
Susan Lyttek

1/13/2016

Annual Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek

12/26/2015

Benefits to the Parent: Help with Work
Susan Lyttek

10/31/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Home
Susan Lyttek

10/24/2015

The Benefits of Unscheduled Free Time
Susan Lyttek

10/16/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Empathetic
Susan Lyttek

10/9/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Empathetic
Susan Lyttek

10/9/2015

Benefits to the Parent: More Willing to Persevere
Susan Lyttek

10/2/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Closer to God
Susan Lyttek

9/25/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Intuitive
Susan Lyttek

9/18/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent--Weaker
Susan Lyttek

9/11/2015

Benefits to the Parent--Seeing God's Hand
Susan Lyttek

9/4/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Savvy-er
Susan Lyttek

8/28/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Braver
Susan Lyttek

8/21/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Wiser
Susan Lyttek

8/14/2015

The Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Smarter
Susan Lyttek

8/7/2015

Benefits of Being a Homeschool Parent (Intro)
Susan Lyttek

7/31/2015

Lessons from my Great Aunt Ansie
Susan Lyttek

7/24/2015

Virginia Writers Conference
Susan Lyttek

7/14/2015

Relearning Fitness (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek

7/10/2015

Some Truth About Independence Day
Susan Lyttek

7/3/2015

Relearning Fitness (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek

6/26/2015

Under the Sun
Susan Lyttek

6/19/2015

A Lesson I Keep Needing to Re-Learn
Susan Lyttek

6/13/2015

Times of Transition
Susan Lyttek

6/6/2015

Blog Ideas
Susan Lyttek

5/30/2015

Mercs Next Door, Part 2
Susan Lyttek

5/23/2015

Mercs Next Door, Part 1
Susan Lyttek

5/15/2015

Getting to Mom
Susan Lyttek

5/9/2015

To Blog or Not to Blog
Susan Lyttek

5/2/2015

Driving Lessons
Susan Lyttek

4/25/2015

Gaming Education
Susan Lyttek

4/18/2015

Fast Lessons
Susan Lyttek

4/11/2015

Resurrection Thoughts
Susan Lyttek

4/4/2015

Power of the Coupon
Susan Lyttek

3/28/2015

Spring Planting
Susan Lyttek

3/21/2015

Showing My Age
Susan Lyttek

3/14/2015

Teaching Women
Susan Lyttek

3/7/2015

Beware the Ides of... February
Susan Lyttek

2/28/2015

Honoring a President in Fiction
Susan Lyttek

2/21/2015

Gratitude Lessons
Susan Lyttek

2/14/2015

The Pros and Cons of Research
Susan Lyttek

2/6/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 3
Susan Lyttek

1/30/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 2
Susan Lyttek

1/24/2015

The Homeschool Hamster Wheel
Susan Lyttek

1/16/2015

Etiquette Education
Susan Lyttek

1/9/2015

Ready Stance
Susan Lyttek

1/2/2015

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek

12/26/2014

Sharing Christmas, Part Two
Susan Lyttek

12/19/2014

Sharing Christmas
Susan Lyttek

12/12/2014

Swedish Christmas Education
Susan Lyttek

12/5/2014

The Worry/Grumble Antidote
Susan Lyttek

11/28/2014

Milestone Days
Susan Lyttek

11/21/2014

Volunteer Education--via Operation Christmas Child
Susan Lyttek

11/14/2014

Veteran Education
Susan Lyttek

11/7/2014

Reformation Education
Susan Lyttek

10/31/2014

The Reluctant Vegetarian
Susan Lyttek

10/24/2014

What I Didn't, Couldn't Teach
Susan Lyttek

10/17/2014

Learning to Stand
Susan Lyttek

10/10/2014

Christian Work Ethic
Susan Lyttek

10/3/2014

Animal Education
Susan Lyttek

9/26/2014

Changing the Love of Learning
Susan Lyttek

9/19/2014

Blog Block
Susan Lyttek

9/12/2014

Educating Mom
Susan Lyttek

9/5/2014

The Debate
Susan Lyttek

8/29/2014

Interview with Jane, a non-homeschooling friend
Susan Lyttek

8/22/2014

The Homeschool Rebel
Susan Lyttek

8/15/2014

Other Countries, Other Peoples
Susan Lyttek

8/8/2014

George Washington Lessons
Susan Lyttek

8/1/2014

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert
Susan Lyttek

7/25/2014

A Creation Education
Susan Lyttek

7/18/2014

The Blessing of the Church
Susan Lyttek

7/11/2014

Free to Homeschool
Susan Lyttek

7/4/2014

The Best Thing
Susan Lyttek

6/27/2014

School Lite
Susan Lyttek

6/20/2014

Homeschooling Poetry
Susan Lyttek

6/13/2014

Homeschool Preschool
Susan Lyttek

6/6/2014

AWANAcation (or Awana Education)
Susan Lyttek

5/30/2014

Drowning in the Ideal Schedule
Susan Lyttek

5/23/2014

Penpal Encouragement: An Interview with Sandi
Susan Lyttek

5/16/2014

Unexpected Education
Susan Lyttek

5/9/2014

When Is a Homeschool Mom NOT a Homeschool Mom?
Susan Lyttek

5/2/2014

Relax, It's Just Writing
Susan Lyttek

4/25/2014

Purpose Driven Homeschool
Susan Lyttek

4/18/2014

The Heart of the Music
Susan Lyttek

4/11/2014

Music Lessons
Susan Lyttek

4/4/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek

3/28/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek

3/21/2014

Glimmers of Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek

3/14/2014

Failed Days
Susan Lyttek

3/7/2014

Other Side of the Homeschool Table...Leanne Hanson
Susan Lyttek

2/28/2014

Fairy Tale Theology
Susan Lyttek

2/21/2014

Things I Love about Life and Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek

2/14/2014

Limitless Creativity by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Susan Lyttek

2/7/2014

Weaving Christ into Math
Susan Lyttek

1/31/2014

Paula Mowery Interview
Susan Lyttek

1/24/2014

Historic Field Trips
Susan Lyttek

1/17/2014

Snow Days... Homeschool Style
Susan Lyttek

1/10/2014

Homeschooled Mom Resolutions
Susan Lyttek

1/3/2014

Off Schedule
Susan Lyttek

12/27/2013

Teaching Christmas
Susan Lyttek

12/20/2013

The (Writerly) Benefits of Learning Together
Susan Lyttek

12/13/2013

Homeschooling reinforced that I am not perfect
Susan Lyttek

12/6/2013

And they said homeschooling would be easy...
Susan Lyttek

11/29/2013