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WHAT YOU DO IN LIFE ECHOES IN ETERNITY.
One of my all-time favorite movies has to be Gladiator. I have seen that 3 hours movie too many times to count. It’s scary to think of how many hours of my teen years were spent watching that film. Maximus Decimus Meridius, the character played by Russell Crowe, states “What you do in life, echoes in eternity.” Such an awesome statement. It really preaches. I could just say that quote and then stop. But, as you know, I really enjoy writing and talking so I won’t. Sorry.
A couple of days ago we read a list of challenges. I have a new sort of activity. Take a look at the things you currently have time invested in. How many of those things have eternal significance? I would hope you could say “most of them” or at least “half of them.” But chances are, the answer is “one or two of them” or maybe even “none of them.”
Things with eternal significance could be a plethora of things. They will vary from person to person but some of the staples are: Kids and family relationships, volunteering at church or other charity-type events, supporting orphans, intercessory prayer and many others. Let’s talk about a few of them.
I don’t have kids yet, but I am married. I consider my relationship with my wife to be on the top of my list of eternally significant things. How I behave with her will effect both of us as well as any of those who are around us. I have heard people refer to our relationship as “nauseatingly perfect.” Do you understand how awesome that is to hear? We strive to cause people to be influenced positively by our relationship. In the same regard, the way you treat your kids will eternally effect them, your grandchildren and all those who are in relationship with your future family. Be sure not to speak negative words to your kids no matter how silly they are acting. Don’t call them names. Not even minor names like “stupid, or moron.” Kid’s take words like this to heart, especially when spoken by their parents or grandparents. Always speak uplifting words to them. Tell your daughter often how beautiful she is, and your son how handsome he is. If they don’t hear it from you they will find it eventually, and I promise you don’t want your kids in those relationships because you failed to encourage them. God trusted you enough to place you in guardianship of a child… but more importantly, one of His children. He gave you charge of a soul which will never die. Selah. (Selah means pause and calmly think about that)
Church and charity activity speak for themselves. You are changing people’s lives by the things you say and do each week. If you are involved as a greeter or an usher or even just a friendly face in the sanctuary you are eternally effecting those around you. Each day we should all be aiming to change someone’s life for eternity. I was talking to my youth group students a couple weeks ago and I told them these 80 years or so that we are blessed with are really given to us so that we might give them to others. I know it sounds cheesy, but if we all blessed each other there’d be less reason for us to worry about ourselves.
We are all going to leave our marks on this world. Whether you leave a legacy worth leaving is up to you. Life is just a collection of days. What dominates your days, dominates your life. Weed out the things in your life that have no eternal significance.