“It’s due next week and I don’t want to do it, but I have to.”
This is the story of my life.
Procrastination is one force that I am defenseless against; I am so easily distracted, it’s actually rather pathetic. It’s to the point where I’m desperately looking for things to do other than homework. But I KNOW I HAVE TO DO IT…..ugh. Oh well.
I know that most Christians have specific radio stations, genres of music, artists, etc. that they listen to. My favorite radio station is KLOVE radio. I’ve been absolutely addicted to listening to/watching the featured video on their website, which is a live video of the band, For King and Country, singing their song “Hope is What We Crave.” Music is a powerful thing. It has the capability to bring forth memories from the deepest pits of your heart and make them seem as if they happened yesterday. It can move millions to tears, bring down the self-righteous, excite those trapped in the deepest pits of depression, and save those on the verge of forsaking it all. This song, “Hope is What We Crave,” talks about man’s innate desire for hope, his desperate need to be part of something bigger, something worth his life. This constant search for hope, for light in the world’s ever-present darkness, is something that every man, woman, and child has in common, it’s one thing that brings us all together.
To further expound on this, I watched a video shared by one of the guys that attend my church. The video was a series of interviews conducted in the company of select members of the Seattle Seahawks football team. Each of them explained his background in football, his first game, the defining moment or the turning point in his life that kicked off his career. Each of them expressed, however, a feeling of emptiness that could not be satisfied by winning a football game, being adored by fans, or making money. The players and coaches then gave their testimonies and invited the audience watching the video to accept Jesus Christ as his personal savior.
First of all, I love seeing people in places of influence use their positions to further the kingdom of God. That takes a huge step of faith, considering the pressure put on them to perform, to entertain, etc. I’m not sure what being in that position must be like, but I doubt it’s as easy as the life of the average person. Second of all, the feeling of emptiness that each player confessed in his testimony is part of searching for something worth putting your faith in, something worth hoping for.
I often become frustrated when I see people who seem complete in their lifestyles, solid in their finances, and perfect in their family life without the influence of or a relationship with God. Don’t get me wrong: I’m glad that they have so few problems and they’re not miserable. The reason I become frustrated is because they don’t know what they’re missing out on. While having a nice home, a good, respectable family, and plenty of money are all good things, they can’t complete you. All of these things will eventually fade away.
“Well then I guess I better enjoy them while they last!” Some will say. You’re right; you should be grateful for what you have while you have it. But don’t you want to have at least one thing that will never fade? If everything will fade (your body, your family, your money, your home, your entire life and material possessions), and nothing will remain, why would you place your completeness in them? Doesn’t that mean your completeness will exhibit the same temporal character as the things in which you place it? Why not place your completeness, your faith, your security, in something that lasts forever?
I would encourage you to think about these things. Think about what your life might be like if all you had was washed away. What would your thoughts be? What would you turn to? If all of your pride and joy suddenly slipped through your fingers like grains of sand, would you be able to handle it?
If you can’t answer any of these questions with certainty, or without hesitation, you might just be in need of something a little more powerful and a little more sure than the things of this world.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
–2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (ESV)
God is the only One who never changes, who’s here forever, whose very nature is the antonym of the word temporary. He’s been here since the beginning of time, since before there was nothing. Imagine that….just try to imagine nothing. God was there, in that nothingness. It was out of that nothingness He created something. Imagine trying to make something out of nothing. Imagine pulling a chicken out of thin air. Even that action, if it were possible, is not making something out of nothing, because there’s still air and the chemical compounds that make up the air.
God has been from everlasting to everlasting, He’s the only one who knows just how far the east is from the west, He is perfection, and He is the only one able to defeat death, something that is inevitable for all living things. If only human language weren’t so limited, then maybe I could paint a picture for you so that you might obtain a microscopic glimpse of the love God has for you and the power that He wields in our world alone.
“If you put your happiness in temporary things, your happiness will be temporary.” -Nick Vujicic