Have you given much thought to contemplating eternity? The Cambridge Dictionary defines eternity as “time that never ends or that has no limits.” If we think of numbers and space we just scratch the surface on the complexity of forever. To count to one trillion would take 31,709.79 years. It is believed today that the Milky Way is probably between 100,000 and 150,000 light years across. The observable universe is much larger—about 93 billion light years in diameter. A light year is a measure of distance not time and equals almost six trillion miles. How infinitely miniscule even a centenarian’s life registers against eternity!
Proverbs 1:32,33—For the turning away of the inexperienced will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them. But whoever listens to me will live securely and be free from the fear of danger.
Alex is a high school student in Vancouver, Washington. One day he was driving on a job when he was rear-ended by another driver. Alex took a photo of the man’s driver’s license so he could report it to his insurance company. He noticed that the man held a commercial license. In conversing with him he found out that he was married and a father and that this was his second accident in less than a month. The man was upset that he had been so careless.
Greg McKeown is the author of an excellent book entitled essentialism. Greg contends that the disciplined pursuit of less is a major key to success. Lin Yutang says, “The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” From this premise, McKeown lays out a compelling case which helps us understand why it is important to: say “no” and not overextend; prioritize our lives; exercise the power of choice; discern what is important; know when to make tradeoffs; know when to play and to sleep; know what to select and what to eliminate; set boundaries and focus; etc.