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Biblical Studies Journal Volume 2, Number 5
June 14, 1998
A Hundred Years From Now
Visualize, if you will, the year of 2098. You
and I will not be living then, but we may have some great great great
grandchildren living at that time. They will likely not have heard
of us, and if our names are written down somewhere, they will just be footnotes
in someone's family tree. The houses we live in today will long since
have been bulldozed to make way for something else. The yards we
looked after, the trees and flowers we carefully planted, will have ceased
to exist. The cars we drive will, for the most part, have been given
over to a junk yard somewhere. Some few of those cars may be in a
museum, along with some of the other antiques which characterized life
in that quaint day in the 20th century.
Looking back from that vantage point, we ask ourselves
about some of those importantthings
which demanded our time back then. We didn't have time for Bible
study on Wednesday nights because that was our bowling night.
didn't attend worship services several times, because, as we tried
to make ourselves believe, we just didn't feel up to it -- not really
sick; that is not the kind of sickness that would keep us away from work
the next day. I suppose, if we could make ourselves admit it, we
just weren't all that interested in going to worship.
Oh, the choices we made back then! Doesn't
a hundred years place a totally different perspective upon values?
And doesn't a hundred years give us a better concept as to what things
really should come first in life? What does it really matter who
won a ball game, or whether my yard took first place in the landscape sweepstakes?
It may well be true that such things add flavor to life, but God
help us if they become the focus and center of our lives!
Our Lord knew what He was talking about when He said,
ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness." What have
we gained if the world is ours in 1998, but we're forgotten about a hundred
years from now?
-- Gene M. Carrell
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