“[God] has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT
“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’”
Matthew 25.23 NLT
Day 4 of 40: I’m writing this at the auto repair shop. This is one of several visits over the last couple of weeks since our “brush with death” accident in Florida.
Our car spun off the road during heavy rain and into a ditch… and, by God’s grace, a “soft” collision. There was $6000 worth of damage and we had some bumps and bruises… but we walked away… wondering “What was that all about?”
So… eternity has been on my mind.
Over the years I have been working for that eternal “well done.” I’ve tried to make the most of what I’ve been given, thought of myself as a steward, multiplied investments at every level, and generally left things better than I found them.
And eternity is on my heart and mind right now. I’ve cut back on a lot of activities that have no eternal value as far as I can see. I’ve eliminated a lot of stress – “spin outs” excepted – and live a pretty simple life. So I’m ready to place myself at God’s disposal… again.
The question of the day is: In light of eternity, what one one thing should I stop/start doing? Fair enough.
My best answer right now – stop thinking about myself (how I can use my gifts, experience, etc)… and start thinking about others (how can I help the people around me).
God may place something else on my heart… but for now, that’s a start.