Lately, Lisa (my way too wonderful wife) and I have had some conversations that get us to thinking about preferences. They are intended to stretch our imagination … like … if you could live anywhere, where would it be? If you could be any non-superhero character in a movie or tv series, who would it be? If you could sit front and center at a concert of anybody, dead or alive, whom would you want to hear?
Me … Estes Park (the name kind of had me) or New Zealand … maybe John Shepherd of Stargate Atlantis or Jack Ryan … Micheal Jackson or Elvis, or Keith Green. Just pondering.
This little exercise is intended for fun, not to be taken too serious. We need to stay anchored in reality. But reality is not what most people think it is. It is as if we are caught between two worlds – the spiritual and the physical. Unfortunately, we way too often focus only what we see, feel, hear, touch, and reason out. But there is something greater, something eternal.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French philosopher and Jesuit priest is credited with many great quotes, but one that sticks out for today’s discussion is this …
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Chew on this a minute. When this physical comes to an end, we will see we are spending eternity in the spiritual realm. We are spiritual beings. The physical is temporary, just an experience during this part of our journey. And we need to be living with this in mind. Our marriages – to reflect God’s glory. Our purpose – Kingdom service and worship. Our destiny – as His children, spend it with God in a place He is preparing for us. Our lives – to enjoy Him and glorify Him now and forever.
We are caught between two worlds and the one on which we focus will determine our world view. Unfortunately, if we choose to focus only on the here and now, we will miss the whole point of it all.
Choose wisely. Don’t miss out.
Let me tell you what made me think of this today. Driving down Preston Rd, I saw a wreck. It wasn’t bad, nobody seemed hurt, but the scene was hilarious. There were three vehicles. The middle one was a Fiat – new, small, compact. It was sandwiched between two other vehicles. The front vehicle was a double cab Chevy Silverado. The back car was a Ford F-250. The Fiat never had a chance. It was caught between a rock and a hard place. And it lost.
I don’t want to lose out on what God has for me. And for that reason, I focus on the spiritual, on the eternal. The here and now will take care of itself.