Life is “a mist, a fast runner, a breath, a wisp of smoke.”
Life on Earth is a temporary assignment.
Warren states the Bible compares life on earth to temporary living in a foreign country. This isn’t our permanent home, we’re just passing thru, just visiting earth. “Friends, this world isn’t your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.”
I believe what’s most important in this chapter is Warren’s point that with all the enjoyable experiences available in our daily lives, it’s easy to forget that the pursuit of happiness isn’t what life is all about. That we are preparing for something better. That God allows us to feel a significant amount of dissatisfaction in life, in order to keep us from becoming too attached to the earth. We aren’t completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be.
Warren writes the greatest heroes of faith aren’t those who achieve prosperity/success/power in this life, but those who treat this life as a temporary assignment & serve faithfully, expecting their promised reward in eternity. I question whether we should be faithful & good to others because of this expected reward—or as part of our belief?
Question to consider: How should the fact that life on earth is a temporary assignment change the way I am living right now?
For myself, it means I focus on what’s important in my life and turn my attention away from activities which aren’t meaningful to our ultimate purpose.
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the holiday w/family & friends & listening to the following link: University of Chicago’s A Capella Cover of Ben Folds’ “Magic”:
For musician Ben Folds’ recent album, Ben Folds Presents: University A Capella, he invited college a capella groups to compete for a chance to record one of his songs on the album. This gorgeous arrangement of “Magic,” originally from Ben Folds’ The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, was one of the winners. http://gimundo.com/videos/view/university-of-chicagos-a-capella-cover-of-ben-folds-magic/
* Weekly we will be writing about what inspires us from each consecutive chapter of Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. If you read along with us, plse share your inspirations. There’s no need to catch up, just jump right in.