What Really Matters
WHAT REALLY MATTERS
Last night was a big night for two young men named David. David Cook and David Archuleta sang in competition for the final time on American Idol--and yes, I was one of the millions of Americans watching with avid interest.
Yep, I admit it; I'm a big fan of American Idol. I love music, and I truly enjoy the competition. I get to know the contestants from the very beginning of the show, when the truly talented are painstakingly--often painfully!--weeded out from the truly awful.
It was a huge night in the lives of both of those young men. Emotions were running high, and the audience was charged with excitement.
At the same time, two candidates were duking it out in yet another round in the primary battles. The ultimate goal? The glory, the prestige, the legacy of being called the next president of the United States of America.
Pretty heady stuff. While one position will definitely have a far greater impact and role in history, the other will introduce one young man--and actually, probably the runner-up as well--to instant fame, wealth, adulation, and all that it entails.
But you know what? In the light of eternity, neither title will matter a hill of beans.
The Bible makes it clear what's really important--what will really endure, what will really stand the test of time. Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes 1:14:
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity
and grasping for the wind.
Solomon may have seemed pretty cynical, but he had it right. Nothing that's done outside of God and His values, really matters at all.
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus urges his followers not to worry about things like food and clothing, but to pursue the things of God:
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things
shall be added to you.
Hey, I'm not saying that we can't enjoy American Idol, or be vitally concerned about who wins the presidency. And indeed, everyone from a singing sensation to a victorious candidate to a ditchdigger can, and should, glorify God.
I'm just saying it's important to keep some perspective. Eternity is what really matters. I think I feel a song coming on:
It matters so little how much you may know,
The places that you've been, or the people you know
For it all comes to nothing, when placed at His feet
Its nothing to Jesus, only memories to keep.
Only one life, so soon it will pass
Only what's done for Christ will last
Only one chance to do His will
So give to Jesus all your days
Its the only life that pays
When you recall, you have but one life
--Lanny Wolfe, Only One Life
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