Happiest of Mondays, all!
Last week I was working to eliminate the unnecessary blog post drafts I had on my computer (think around 70!?!) and stumbled upon this piece I wrote last May. I published it on my other blog last year, but thought that – with an edit or two – it could stand to make an appearance here, as well.
Here it is.:)
Something I’ve been pondering lately is the reality of eternity, and how that reality needs to be shaping the way that I think and live. Here’s a question for all of us today:
How is the way we are living today impacting eternity?
It is so easy to get caught up in the lies the world feeds us: we deserve happiness and gratification now. We can do whatever we want with our minds, bodies, and lives and it doesn’t matter.
I’m telling you – and most of all, myself – that the way we live totally matters.
It’s easy for me as a young person to think that I have a lot of time left to impact this world. This is possibly another lie. As I look at the lives of some of the people who have impacted me in the way that they lived or through the words that they spoke, sang, or wrote, I realize that these people were not given many years on this earth.
Jim Elliot was killed by men he was trying to save… at age 28.
Oswald Chambers died unexpectedly… at age 43.
Keith Green died in a plane crash… at age 28.
Rachel Scott was murdered at Columbine High School… at age 17.
Jesus Christ was crucified… at age 33. (He rose from the dead, by the way!!!)
Most of these people died unexpectedly, and the world would say tragically. But all of these people strove to use their time wisely and changed lives for the better. Is that a tragedy? I’ll tell you what is certainly a tragedy.
The death of someone who has failed to live with eternity in mind is undeniably a tragedy.
Will my death be a tragedy? Will yours?
Only one life, ’twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last. – C.T. Studd