*** Life is not a 50-yard dash! It’s a 500-mile marathon! ***

(This is the “flip side” of the “NOW” concept considered earlier.)

In order to determine accurately what really matters now, we have to take the “long view”:

—Where will I be in a year?

—Where will I be in 5 years?

—Where will I be in 10 years?

—Where will I be in 500 years?

“God has put eternity into the hearts of men,” says the Teacher (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Somehow, something internal tells me that there is something external, something eternal, something beyond this life, and that it matters.

To effectively evaluate the NOW, I must determine what is eternally valuable. What things are we told will last eternally? God, His Kingdom, people, His Word… These are the things I need to be investing in.

Dr. James Dobson comments that he’s never met a man on his deathbed who wishes he had spent more time working. Usually, the regrets are about not investing more in eternal values: family, people, the church, & God. (He has also quipped that we do not own a house—it owns us! How frequently it is that our “possessions” “possess” us and keep us from properly focusing on what is of eternal value!)

Where & how am I investing my time/ energies/ resources? Where is my heart? Because that ultimately is where my treasures are going to be! (Matthew 6:19)

Where & how we invest our time is one of the greatest indicators of what we value. (Dobson again: “A child spells LOVE ‘T-I-M-E’!”)

Do we find ourselves “forced” by time constraints? What “time” is it by the heavenly clock? Are we investing our time wisely? Are we “REDEEMING THE TIME”



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