going for what lasts (yet begins in this life)

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold ofthe life that is truly life.

1 Timothy 6

We are pummelled from every angle with this or that which is supposed to be better in some way or another, and our time easily gets swallowed up in things which, while okay, are not foolproof. And even if relatively certain, can keep us from the things which matter the most. I speak from experience, both in being taken in by such things, and in being often distracted.

Instead we need to set our sights on the something which will last forever, and yet begins in this life. It is in and through Jesus, through his life, teachings, death, and resurrection that we can begin to take hold of the life that is truly life.

I have to turn away from lesser things for the greater thing all the time. Part of embracing the greater thing, in fact a large part of it, is to remain active in faith, hope and love, the love meaning being present for others in ways that meet both short and long term needs. And in all of it, to keep my focus on Christ, on the gospel, for me primarily- by being in scripture, and from that, in prayer. To lay hold and hold on to the real life found in and through Jesus.


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