“…because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
It makes me feel so sad when I visit with someone who does not believe when they cannot experience God with their five senses. Each time I have the discussion, it seems to end in frustration. Why is it I can know God exists deep in the marrow of my being, yet not be able to prove this reality to anyone, especially the people I love?
Like most everyone else, I spend too much time focusing on what is temporary. Whether my Minnesota Vikings ever win a Super Bowl, does not make much of a difference in eternity. Yet, so many people in this country choose football over God. This happens not just on Sunday morning, but all week long. There are ESPN’s pundits discussing the coming games. There are the Fantasy Leagues to prepare for, including the studying, the weekend of Fantasy Draft, and keeping up with injuries and backup players. All this takes place before the first snap of the ball. Imagine if we took the same amount of time each week in prayer, worship, church activities, and care and justice issues.
Football is just one small example of the temporary trumping the eternal. We do it in so many other ways. Because we cannot experience God through our senses, it is easy to turn our attention and loyalties to the things that can be seen. Sadly, they ultimately do not have eternal significance.
God deserves our very best. God is the way to justice. God is the way to wholeness. God is the way to life eternal. We have a relatively short time on this earth. Each day we have 86,400 seconds to do something amazing. We can choose to use those seconds on temporary activities, which will quickly be forgotten, or we can chose to use the seconds to make an eternal difference.
Today, think about how you are spending your day and your days. Where is the waste? Where are the meaningful exchanges? How often will you invite God into your day? None of us set out to waste our lives. Our lives are precious because we are made in God’s image. Our lives are precious because of the potential we possess. If we choose God each new day, God will use us in precious ways. Take the leap. Work to make God a habit in your life. Perhaps our example, rather than our arguments will be what allows the agnostic loved ones to see, touch, and hear the reality of God in their midst.