During a recent televised golf tournament, announcer Nick Faldo was asked which was more important to him, the fact that he had for a portion of his career been the #1 ranked player in the world or that he had won 6 major tournaments. Faldo didn’t even hesitate. He said that years later, no one cared about world rankings or #1 status—but the winning of major titles was a timeless achievement. And he was right. They don’t engrave your name on the Claret Jug for being the top-ranked golfer—only for winning the British Open. And that name is on that trophy permanently.
Sometimes the hardest choices in life are forced upon us when we have to decide between what is good for now and what is good for the long-term. This was true when Moses made the decision to leave Pharaoh’s house and join his enslaved Hebrew brethren. The Bible describes the choice this way:
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. (Hebrews 11:24-26)
The key was that Moses looked at what was passing and look at what would endure—and he chose what lasts. In a world of instant gratification and pursuing momentary pleasures, one of the distinctives of the follower of Christ is that we need to maintain the long view, for that is the only way to seek the things that last.
Join us tomorrow on Sports Spectrum radio as we take a further look at the need for healthy perspective about the pursuits of life.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain