In the world of sports, it seems that everything is temporary—and major league baseball teaches us that by the sheer length of the season. This year’s division champion is next year’s also-ran. This week’s fielding hero is next week’s goat, committing an unthinkable error. Today’s untouchable closer blows tomorrow’s save. As the long season drags on and on, what happened in April has been long-forgotten by the time we reach the dog days of summer. It all just seems very, very temporary.
This applies to life in a very significant way. Everything in our world is temporary—yet it captivates our attention. The latest gadget, the newest hit song, the next big screen success all speak to the fleeting nature of life in a broken world. When we set ourselves to the passionate pursuit of the temporary, however, we miss something. We miss that for which we have been designed by our Creator, of whom the wise King Solomon declared:
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
There is a timeliness to things that is appropriate for the moment by moment living of life—but that is not what what we were made for. “He has put eternity in our hearts.” Why? Because we have been designed with the intent of eternity with Him! When we allow ourselves to be consumed by the things that are temporary, we are failing to embrace our created calling—to be people of forever. Why? Because only in the context of forever can we properly weigh and measure the value of the things of here and now.
Join us tomorrow on Sports Spectrum radio as we consider the things that are eternal.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain