Eternal Perspective

At some point, life beckons on us to make a sacrifice in order to go to the next level. Such time is usually a moment of crisis—either to stay with what’s sure and certain or venture into the unknown.

Two factors usually determine where we swing the pendulum. The first one is dollars and cents—Will it add to my take home pay? In other words, will I make more money? The second other lens through which we evaluate is comfort—Will it bring me more pleasure and enjoyment? That is, will I be able to have more fun?

Without any doubt those two are crucial. We need money to live a good life and we need to have some fun in the process. But if this is all we base our decisions on, that is limited.

There’s a third lens, and that’s my offer in this article: the eternal perspective, and the question it asks is simple: What are you going to be remembered for? Yes, we need to survive here and now, but we also need to be mindful of there and then. The Bible said this concerning Moses who grew up in the best palace at the time; in those days when the Pharaohs were calling the shots in the world:

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. Hebrews 11:24-25

What motivated Moses to forfeit all the goodies in Egypt and a possible future shot at the throne? Eternal perspective; seeing beyond the now!

I’ve sat at the bedside of many dying souls by virtue of my work. At that point, nothing else matters to them. Some are not even aware of who or where they are. But I’ve heard family members recount stories upon stories of good memories about them. How, for example, they sacrificed to give the family a better life!

Life is not so much about what we get but more about the sacrifices we make.