This Is Only Temporary

August 13, 2009 | 20 comments

“For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.”
— 2 Cor. 4:17-18


It’s only temporary.
Our disappointments. Temporary.
The doctor’s diagnosis. Temporary.
Any doubt. Temporary.
The pain. Temporary.
This grief.

Because in light of eternity, everything else is Temporary.

All of our problems

have an expiration date.

Every burden we bear is temporary.
Even life itself. Temporary.

We are but foreigners, passing through in these tents of flesh and bone —
tents with expiration dates.

We’ll fold the tents up one day, and upgrade for first-class rooms in the Sky.

We pass through Temporary
on our way to Forever.

“We know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in Heaven — God-made, not handmade. … Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack …
The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little Heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.”
— 2 Cor. 5:1-5 (The Message)


In Honor of Uncle Chuck, who traded
in his temporary tent
for a heavenly home on Aug. 6, 2009

Chuck Gifford — 1944-2009

by | August 13, 2009 | 20 comments


  1. RCUBEs

    Simply beautiful…and what a nice tribute to your uncle.

    God bless.

  2. Tabitha@ichoosebliss

    A beautifully heartfelt tribute. 🙂

  3. Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought

    Got some news today that I like thinking of as temporary. I await heaven. Thanks for this reminder.
    ~ Wendy

  4. christy rose

    Thank God that our life we live here is not just lived for temporary things but in union with the eternal God. It really does make this life life worth living!

  5. Julie

    What a beautiful tribute!


  6. Beth.. One Blessed Nana

    Amen and Amen! This is NOT our home. Praise God that we have a heavenly home waiting on us with new heavenly perfect bodies! Glory!

    So sorry about your Uncle, but He is celebrating big time in his mansion over the hilltop.

  7. Pttyann

    Yes "wonderfully done"!!! A "Beautiful Tribute"!!! And how true "Life here is only Temporary"!!!
    Love ya

  8. Laura

    Oh, Jennifer. I am so sorry for your loss…but yes, you are so right…He is home now. It's harder for us–those left behind.

    I'm sending prayers.

  9. Epiphany

    A timely reminder for me. Thank you.

    Sorry for your loss. 🙁

  10. James Oh

    It is the simple truth that everything is temporary except God and His word.

    Have a blessed day for all of you,

  11. Deidra

    Beautiful post! Peace to you and your family.

  12. Runner Mom

    This was such a loving tribute to your uncle. Y'all are in my prayers.


  13. Carol

    LOVE THAT! "All of our problems have an expiration date". Sorry for your loss, but your loss is his gain (and His too.) Love….

  14. Valerie Lynn

    Beautiful and an awesome way to honor the life of your uncle. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you all.

  15. Anne L.B.

    "All of our problems have an expiration date."

    I once worked at a perfectly awful job. I planned to quit working once I had a baby, but wasn't getting pregnant right away. Once I did get pregnant, and my "release date" was in sight, the job didn't seem so bad. The time left was no longer indefinite and became tolerable.

    I need to figure out how to fit your quote and my experience in with situations which seem intolerable. You've given me good food for thought, Jennifer.

    You've got me looking forward to meeting your Uncle Chuck by the way.

  16. Alleluiabelle

    My Dear Friend,

    What a beautiful tribute to your uncle. I'm terribly sorry for your loss…Yes, this place is only temporary and I remind myself of that especially when physical trials hit extremely hard and they have been for so very long for both my husband and I. It is refreshingly wonderful and absolutely magnificent to think that our true home forever and ever will be with Him in a place where we no longer feel pain, but only know the pure joy of happiness and true heavenly splendor with our King, our Almighty Father, our Savior. Amen!

    I love you dear friend.

    Peace, Blessings, Love & Prayers,

  17. Jennifer

    What beautiful words in honor of your uncle! So sorry for your loss.

  18. Jennifer

    Yes, all the pain is only temporary. But sthe pain is still real. My friend, you've been having a rough time lately, losing people you love. I hurt for you. Go to the Father. Let Him hold you in His arms & give you comfort like only He can.

  19. Carol

    Just checking in to see how my blogging is working tonight. Nice to hear your lovely voice on the phone today. Thanks for the birthday greeting!

  20. cindy

    Beautiful tribute.


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