John Maxwell writes in Today Matters …
To know the value of one year … ask the student who failed the final exam.
To know the value of one month … ask the mother of a premature father.
To know the value of one week … ask the editor of a weekly newsmagazine.
To know the value of one day … ask the wage earner who has six children.
To know the value of one hour … ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To know the value of one minute … ask the person who missed the plane.
To know the value of one second … ask the person who survived the accident.
To know the value of one millisecond … ask the Olympic silver medalist.
Leaders know the value of time and leverage it. Christian leaders know the value of eternal time and leverage it for daily living.
I tell couples getting married who want a special moment to light their unity candle and are picking an appropriate song, that they will know the meaning of eternity as the listen to their song play as they stand before the congregation.
If you miss the Trolley, and you are waiting for the next one to come, eternity seems that time as you wait and don’t know how long you will have to wait.
For San Diego fans eternity is waiting for the Chargers and/or Padres to at least make the playoffs much less to win a world championship. (That one might take eternity!)
Christian leaders know that an eternal time frame is not merely a matter of quantity time that never ends, but even , one of quantity — Jesus present in all of life.
To leverage the value of time, this day, this eternal moment, calls recognizing the signs that Jesus is present and at work in life. When you can show that work to others, they will follow your leadership as you follow lead them to follow Jesus.
So what definition of eternity sticks out in your mind?