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Day 4: Made to Last Forever

Posted on April 26th, 2004

This entire chapter sounded like something I would have read in A New Kind of Christian. In fact, I think it might have been quoted there.. if I had my book, I’d check, but I’ll have to remember to do that when I get back to residence.

Anyhow, this chapter focused entirely on the fact that there is much more to life than it appears; we have an eternal destination, and where we spend it depends on what we do here, and now. It’s like saying that, in a cross country race, which can be some ten-plus kilometers, the first nanometer determines if you’re going to win. Pretty weird, huh? Wouldn’t we focus on getting the best nanometer we’ve ever had? That’s certainly the most logical solution, but I, nor many others, live like that.

For some time now, I’ve been trying to grasp the concept of living on in eternity. It’s just so strange and foreign to me, so I really can’t understand it like math or science. It’s so abstract. But, in the end, it’s critical that I find a way to internalize and embrace it. Otherwise, I could go on living a hedonistic, self-centered life and not worry about anything. I need to remember, always, that my life here has infinite repercussions for me. As our good buddy Maximus says in Gladiator, “What we do in life echoes an eternity.” God, I beg you to help me remember this, so that I will fix my eyes on spending life with you, and not on the distractions around me.

It’s somewhat ironic how I read this chapter as Brandon spoke about focus at the Embassy tonight. In fact, he used pretty much the same message as yesterday, but it’s still just as relevant. The winds of change are blowing, but I need to remain constant in my commitment to God. I need to trust in Him and rely on Him to guide me through this life so that I can find a way to be with Him in Heaven. I know that I don’t have the strength to do it alone. I need His help and grace.

Question to Consider: Since I was made to last forever, what is the one thing I should stop doing and the one thing I should start doing today?

If only there was only one thing!!!! There are so many things that I would like to stop, and so many others that I wish I could do. I think that the answer for both of them is the same: stop wishing. Stop hoping that, one day, I’ll stop sinning; instead, work to live a thoroughly good life. And stop wishing that I willl do some tremendous good some day in the future, and start doing that good now. It’s not going to be easy to do.. not by any means… but I need a start.. a spark to ignite the fire.

I pray that all of you, my dear friends, will find a way to turn away from the evils that plague this world. I ask God to guide each of you, and me, to a live that will lead us to Him. It’s said in the Bible that, “Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you.”
God, help us find a way to take those steps, so that we can really feel Your presence and be drawn in by Your love for us.

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