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Temporary or Eternal?

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Wise people build their lives around what is eternal and squeeze in what is temporary. Not the other way around. So let’s try an exercise in understanding what is at stake. Think for a few moments about two categories: “forever” and “temporary.” What in your life is going to last forever and what is going back in the box?Now take it a step further. In your imagination (or it might be helpful for you to do this in real life), take a pad of self-adhesive notes and write “TEMPORARY” on each one. Walk around and distribute them everywhere you need to be reminded. Put one on your car. Put on the front door of your house. Put TEMPORARY stickers on each piece of furnature. Put one on the front of your checkbook. Stick them on all the clothes in your closet. Put them on your iPod and on the TV and the treadmill and the barbecue.

Then take another set of self-adhesive notes and writer “ETERNAL.” Put them on your family. Put them on your friends. Put one on your boss. Put one on the stranger behind the counter. Put one on the person you most dislike in the world. Don’t forget to put one on your forehead as well.

For the stuff in our lives is only temporary. The day is coming when all our 401(k)s and bank statements will be irrevelant. The titles on our resumes will no longer impress anyone. GPAs and SAT scores and college acceptances will be long-forgotten. No one will know what clothes hung in our closet or what cars sat in our garages.

All that will be left is love. That which was done out of love for God will last.Every human being you see is a cleverly disguised receptacle of eternity. You can take the love with you.

John Ortberg in When The Game Is Over It All Goes Back In The Box

Written by Ryan

February 28, 2008 at 8:30 pm

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