Life can be confusing….it is always moving….changing.“All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.” C.S. Lewis
There are more unknowns than knowns. There are more variables than constants. There are more possible outcomes than anyone could predict, no matter how smart they are.
We also have an overwhelming amount of information each day telling us what to buy, who to look like, or what to wear to make us current and culturally relevant. It is easy to focus on these things but today’s trend is tomorrow’s "has been".
I think part of the reason we look for the “latest” thing is we are longing for something that makes a difference something that lasts.
There is a great story told about how Steve Jobs got the president of Pepsi Corporation to leave his very prestigious, secure, and extremely well-paying job to come work for an up and coming company called Apple. He asked him to meet, gave him his pitch, and told him of the need. However, the Pepsi executive wasn’t willing to leave behind his future of power, prestige, and money. Not willing to accept a “no,” Jobs looked at him and said, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugar water, or do you want a chance to change the world?” John Sculley left Pepsi and came to work for Apple.
I think we all have a desire to make a difference with our life and invest in things that really matter. In fact, God encourages us to think about our life from the standpoint of eternity, to ponder and invest in the things that are eternal.
My pastor in college, Dr. Al Jackson, said something almost weekly that constantly rings in my ears to this day, “There are only two things in existence on the earth that will last forever, the Word of God and the souls of men.” If this is true, and I believe it is, then it matters how we invest our lives in these two things every day.
Paul said it this way in Colossians:
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2 (NIV)
In fact, it’s when we lose sight of the eternal things that we often lose our way in life, becoming solely focused on the here and now. Time passes, and before long, you realize – like John Sculley – that you’re simply making “sugar water.”
The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (The Message)
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