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By Grant Everly
The concept of eternity is something quite incomprehensible. Every time I try to wrap my mind around it I just become more overwhelmed and amazed by God. As Christians, we know that eternity is something we should live for, yet when it comes to practically applying this principle to our lives we often don’t know where to start.
I was having a meeting with the FCA “coach” at my school today and he introduced me and some fellow student s to a Francis Chan video in which Chan illustrates the gravity of the concept of eternity. Please take a few minutes to watch the video:
I love the idea of life on earth being those two little inches of red tape. Constantly I find myself being consumed by those two inches, yet when I take a step back to think about this, I realize just how ridiculous I must look to God. It does seem pretty silly- doesn’t it? When we consider that the “rope” goes on forever, we look like absolute fools when we pause to examine where our priorities are. We become so fixated on the here and now, all the while neglecting our promise to live for eternity.
For me personally, I definitely need to be reminded of this more often. My actions and priorities are often trivial when compared to the vastness of eternity, and I think a very practical way to make sure I’m not living for the present is to diagnose where the areas of my life fall on the rope. Chances are, if they fall on the red tape, I probably don’t need to pay a ton of attention to them, and additionally, for my priorities that lie beyond the red tape, I must make sure that I never allow these to become irrelevant in my life. In fact, I need to be very proactive in making sure I’m always living for those priorities.
In the weeks to come, I’m sure this area will be on my heart a lot, and my hope is that I’ll begin to weed out the things in my life that have little to no eternal impact on my life. My hope is that we will all be able to do this. We can’t allow ourselves to fail in the realm of living for eternity, so hopefully Chan’s metaphor will be a practical reminder of where we’re called to have our priorities.
Grant Everly is a junior at Warren Township High School and regularly attends church with his family and iMPACT on Sunday nights. He plays soccer, enjoys sports and has passion for learning more about Christ and growing in Him.