Gaining the world, but losing your soul?
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how most of the people I know are so busy. I’ve just been noticing more and more that friends who were at one time pretty easy going, and always seemed to have time to talk or get together, just don’t have the time anymore. I was talking to another brother in the Lord recently and he’s been noticing the same thing with people he knows. Everyone’s so busy that they don’t seem to have the time to do the simple things of life- there’s less peace and more strain. Are we just rushing from thing to thing and not realizing how foolish it really is to live like that?
My mom died of cancer 5 years ago and one thing that she said really stuck with me. We were in a grocery store one day and she noticed how stressed and rushed so many of the people seemed to be. She told me she used to be like that, but after being diagnosed she saw the futility of it all. She told me the difference between her and the people that she saw racing around, was that she knew her time was almost up here and how precious life really is. It’s worth the time to slow down. Constantly being preoccupied and busy robs us of the quietness we need to think, to ponder- to really live.
The great paradox that I saw with Mom was that even though she was running out of time here on planet earth, she started to slow down and live like she had all the time in the world. She took in the flowers at spring and noticed things we just passed by. When talking with her, you had the sense she wanted to hear every word you had to say, and there was no place she’d rather be than right there with you. Sometimes I could see her taking me all in, or looking up at the sky and absorbing it all like a big sponge. She was dying, but in many ways I’d never seen her so full of life. She embraced it, treasured it, took it all in.
Only a month or so before Mom died, we walked out of Wal-Mart on a beautiful spring day. I watched her look up into the sky, take a deep breath of the spring air, and say, “What a glorious day!” She taught me one of the most priceless lessons. It’s one we all know, but seem to forget… Life is short, and too precious, to just let it pass us by.
But if this life is too precious to just let it pass by, how much more are we missing out on if we fail to live for eternity? Jesus said, “What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Life is too short to make this world your goal! The best lived life soon ends, and then what?
The great tragedy is that Jesus is wanting to spend time with us but we think we have “better things to do”.
How can we take this most precious of treasures and just walk on by? Jesus is speaking from heaven, are you too preoccupied with this world to hear the voice that speaks of eternity? Soon you will be there, and what will this world be to you then? How the devil loves to keep us distracted by that which will soon be gone. Jesus is your greatest treasure. How He longs to walk with us “in the cool of the day”. What could be better than that?