Tuesday, August 24, 2010

To Infinity and Beyond

There is a commercial for a bone-loss preventative featuring a well-known actress. Toward the end of the commercial, she makes this statement:

"I only have this one life. I only have this one body."

I have always thought that was such a sad thought. For her, death is such a finality, the end of it all. That is not how I see death at all.

Until a few years ago, I had no interest whatsoever in politics. Then, during the last American flagImage via WikipediaPresidential campaign, a politician emerged who looked like me, who said the things that I believe, who seemed to understand how I felt about our country. A small spark ignited in my brain and became a huge flame of love for the knowledge of how our country works, where we came from and where we are going. As a matter of fact, as I write this, I am watching live streaming of the poll results from the primaries of several states.

Glen finds my new interest in politics (and also with the start of a new football team at our local university, a new love of college football), quite amusing. While traveling down the road the other day, we were discussing how different my life might have been had I found this interest much earlier in my life. I have a love of writing and of public speaking. I am much more comfortable in front of an audience of one hundred people than I am with just one person. To speak in a way that causes an audience to respond a particular way is an exhilarating experience. Those traits could go far for someone entering the political arena. But it is too late for that now, and besides, my life has taken a different path.

We continued down the road and the orange light from the setting sun filtered through the trees. The soft peach colored clouds and blue sky gave me a sense of comfort. The thought came to me that there is more to life than just this life. The very essence of that statement struck me. There is more to life than just this life.

There will be a thousand years here on the earth when our Lord will rule and reign. The Scriptures tell us that those of us who are His children will rule and reign with Him. My love of politics, of public speaking and the joy of communicating may be something honed here for use there. I don't know for sure, but I do know that nothing is wasted and nothing is by chance in our Lord's economy.

How exciting to know that I don't have to look at death as the end. I don't just have "this one life". I have this life in this body and I have all of eternity to be whatever it is He desires me to be.

As the cartoon character says, "To infinity and beyond!"

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

"And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. " Revelation 5:10

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