Friday, October 03, 2008

Because It's What I've Been Thinking,

And she puts it so concisely, I'm stealing Allisons blog post for the day. (Thanks Allison.)

I try not to get wrapped up in what the news is shouting, but sometimes it’s difficult to keep a right perspective. The other day I asked Trent for his thoughts on all the mess on Wall Street. How serious is this, what does it really mean? His answer was, however serious it is, whatever it means, our trust is in God. Our hope is in God. Whether God would have our country or our household prosperous or poverty-sticken is not where our focus, our purpose, and our joy should be.
In Philippians 4, Paul writes, “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” That secret Paul has learned is having an eternal perspective rather than a temporal perspective. While God loves to bless us, often with homes, jobs, and other material blessings, His concern is not with our ease of living, but our Christ-likeness. Whether we grow to know and trust God in prosperity or in trial is no matter, it is the growing God is concerned with. After all, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3)
Having said that, I am struck by this quotation from Michael Crichton in regard to current news, “There is nothing more sobering than a 30-year-old newspaper. You can’t figure out what the headlines mean. You don’t know who the people are. Theodore Green, John Sparkman, George Reedy, Jack Watson, Kenneth Duberstein. You thumb through page after page of vanished concerns — issues that apparently were vitally important at the time, and now don’t matter at all. It’s amazing how many pressing concerns are literally of the moment. They won’t matter in six months, and certainly not in six years. And if they won’t matter then, are they really worth our attention now?”
If Crichton can have such a perspective, shouldn’t we, whose hope is in Christ, be able to see past the headlines. Looking back, not 30 years, but from eternity, how will we regard today? What will have mattered, and what will not?


aliann said...

Glad you like the post. I needed this reminder myself.

Georgia (AKA g-bug) said...

i needed this reminder.
Paul left us a wonderful example to follow.

thank you.

Sarah said...

Wow. That is so wonderful. Thanks for sharing, and thanks too, to Allison!

pk said...

Amen. hugs, pk