Food for the Journey …
The story is long and the details important, but it’ll have to wait for another day; so let me at least offer this – the greatest loss contemporary Christianity has suffered is the loss of perspective.
Sadly, we live only now! Without the greater reference point: Eternity.
Without the winds of Eternity to fill our sails and send us out onto life’s high seas, we’re stuck in a very small port called Now! We puddle around the harbor, we tie up at one dock and then another, load and unload the various cargos offered by a million vendors.
Without the strong winds of Eternity blowing fresh, we never leave port.
Just this morning, I read from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians:
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
The winds of Eternity fill our sails. We venture forth upon the winds of God, and yes, we return to port now and then, bringing a fresh cargo of life for all the world – a cargo gained only in trade with The Eternal.
We learn afresh that our time here, though ever so brief, is filled with faith, hope and love, because the winds of Eternity fill our sails and send us forth on the high seas of life.
Perspective is everything!