Word 4U Today



American pastor and author Francis Chan uses a piece of rope as an illustration.

He holds a piece that stretches the length of a stage and points to the very end which is painted red. The majority of the rope is white and he asks us to imagine this representing eternity. The red part represents our lifetime on earth. The red part is insignificant compared to the white. He suggests that too many of us focus on the small red part of the rope when there is a lifetime of white awaiting us.

Most stuff here comes and goes. Where we invest our time, money, and energy has a lot to do with that. On the other hand, using your resources to bless others is going to have a lasting effect in their lives. Now, we aren’t dead set on you confessing to your shopaholic habits… but holding back on your next pair of impulse-buy shoes will, frankly, leave more room to give generously. Asking ‘where else could this go?’ can apply to anything: time spent watching TV, scrolling through Facebook (yes, we know; it’s a time-killer); whatever, any ‘non-necessities’.

We all need rest. We all need chill-space.

But sometimes it helps to toughen up on our habits.

It leaves that space open for us to pray about where we can invest.

What Now?

What areas of your life do you need to reassess in view of eternity? It’s helpful to keep this question in mind, at least some of the time: when you’re about to impulse-buy, spend an afternoon in front of Youtube, ask yourself ‘where else could this go?’

‘But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.’ – Matthew 6:33 ESV

Joy Ferdiz

July 20th, 2014

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