Thomasville Times Enterprise

Faith & values

June 26, 2014

Don’t waste your time

THOMASVILLE — Eternity!  When we think of “eternity” most of us think of the timeless future, after we have died and gone to our reward.  As a friend of mine pointed out, eternity in the truest sense is from ages past to the unending ages of the future.  We are eternal spirits, created in the image of an eternal God.

Solomon understood this concept quite well.  In Ecclesiastes 3:11 in the Amplified Bible, it states:  “He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also planted eternity in men's hearts and minds (a divinely implanted sense of purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy), yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”

I don't always do this (I should and really want to) but my practice for many years has been to try to remember, when an adverse circumstance particularly comes up, to look at it in the light of eternity.  Will it really matter a year from now, five years, after I die?

Much of what we go through here on this earth is meant to teach us more about God's eternal ways and nature.  If we were created by Him, in His image and likeness, then I believe our short time here on this earth, is meant to introduce us to our glorious future.  I call it “training for reigning”.  

I do know after walking with the Lord for 50 years now, that nothing else but Him really does satisfy me.  Yes, there are a lot of things I experience that bring a measure of pleasure or satisfaction, but at the end of the day, I realize most of those things are very temporary and fleeting.  How I treat people in each of those circumstances, whether pleasant or adverse, is what really matters and has eternal value and consequences.

Solomon, the wisest man on earth, other than the Lord Jesus, experienced and experimented with just about any and everything imaginable, looking for “satisfaction”.  He finally had to admit, all of it was vanity.  How many people do you know today, who are spending their lives on things that have very little eternal value?  Even if they won't admit it, most of them are internally very dissatisfied people.  Pursuing fame, fortune, health or anything other than Him, leaves a void inside of our spiritual man.

I think I am finally at a place in my life where I am at least weighing each endeavor I undertake with the understanding that I do not want to waste the remaining time I have been given here upon this earth on temporal, fleeting pleasures or endeavors.  Sometimes it takes hindsight to really see if the decision you made was the right one, but we should at least weigh the fairly obvious wastes of our efforts a little more seriously.

 

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