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THE “LONG VIEW”

December 10, 2009

THE “LONG VIEW”

*** THE “LONG VIEW” WINS! ***

*** 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”

MEASURE TIME (THE “NOW”) BY THE ETERNAL