Lifelines November 7, 2021

Reggie became part of my routine several months ago.  He was a timid type who took a little coaxing to engage, but after several faltering attempts we began to bond.  I ran into him on my early morning walk.  At first, he was distant but that began to change as he slowly drew closer.  Finally, he would be in his yard waiting for a little interaction in the early hours and occasionally even in the evening.  I looked forward to seeing him during my walks.  Then he was gone.  No warning, just gone.

It made me sad but also made me realize how very transient our world is.  We find and lose friends.  People come and go.  Really, everything will eventually go except God.  He is the one constant in our lives.  He promised that (Hebrews 13:5).  He is an ever-present reality with His children every step of the way.  So, wisdom dictates that we not fix our hopes on anything of this creation, because it all has a limited lifespan…even friendships.

Our Lord, in His infinite wisdom, warned us about the temporary nature of things that we can see and touch (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).  Think of all that includes.  We generally consider material possessions like houses, cars and money; but it is much broader than that.  It is every visible thing.  Everything!  And even some invisible things like oxygen.  It is all destined to be left behind someday, except God.  That should rearrange our priorities.

Focus on unseen realities.  They are the lasting ones.  How much of our time, attention and talents are sacrificed on the altar of the momentary?  Even our bodies have an expiration date, but great attention is given to their maintenance.  Physical workouts are never a bad thing, but the benefits are limited to this world.  Spiritual exercise profits us not only in this realm but also the next (1 Timothy 4:8).  It is a much more profitable endeavor to build spiritual muscles.

Do not love the world.  That is a straightforward statement from heaven itself (1 John 2:15-17). Lust for things, prestige and power will squeeze out our devotion to God.  It is a constant threat.  They look so appealing. They consume our attention.  They occupy our minds.  They drive our days.  Then…poof…they’re gone.  They may last for a lifetime but no longer.  Obsession over worldly things equates to an accumulation of wasted days and nothing more. So, I can mourn over my lost buddy, Reggie.  He simply disappeared, and I was left a little sad.  By the way, did I mention he was a cat?  A white feline that sat curbside each morning and we shared a few friendly strokes, a rub against the leg and then went our separate ways.  That’s the way it is.  Temporary things fill our days.  One day, the only thing that will matter is what we did with the Lord.