Monday, August 1, 2011

Axioms, Adages and Proverbs (9): Living For ___?

“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” (William James)

I have a long list of quotes or sayings; (axioms, adages and proverbs), things that motivate me and are rooted in truth. Here's another winner...(if you want to see others I've written about, click here). 

Recently I was reading through my facebook news feed and was overcome with how self-centered all of us are (including myself). It was shocking, really, to see that almost every post or comment was about us...me. A new vacation, new car, new house, new toy, new phone, new outfit, new friend, etc. If it wasn't that, it was some comment or gripe or complaint about something we didn't like here. Not issues of justice, really, but pet peeves. Now is this wrong? Of course not...facebook is not evil in itself, and I'm really not writing this to comment on facebook.

My point is this; all of us, without applying some sort of external pressure to force us to do otherwise, will naturally tend to be internally focused. We're born into this world as infants who think the world revolves around us, (and it does, really), and we seem to struggle to shake this worldview for the rest of our lives. We even carry this into our views of God and Jesus where the focus is on how much Jesus loves me.

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14)

Want to live a life that matters? There's only one way...spend it for something that will outlast it. 

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matt. 6:19-21)

Eternity...this is something that will outlast our earthly lives. Heaven, or Hell, for all mankind...there are only two paths; one wide, one narrow...that is our destiny. Want to build treasures for ourselves, things that will outlast us? Then invest in eternity. What does that look like? Many ways...
- Give freely (time and money)
- Share your faith always (in words and deeds)
- Love deeply
- Confront injustice
- Help the poor and needy, the orphans and widows (because when you do, you are helping Jesus)

Leave fingerprints everywhere you go that point people to Christ.

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

You and I are the light...God has set us on a hill to give light the world. How bright are you burning?

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