You have to watch this 4 minute video by Francis Chan posted on Women Living Well! Wow, such a neat illustration of why we are living and what we should be living for. Gives such an eternal perspective! I know I was challenged by this video for sure!
One thing I got out of reading Francis Chan’s book, “Crazy Love,” was a totally new idea to me… about retirement. We save and save and fret and work so hard to live our last years comfortably- to travel, take vacations, own a second home, and just to sit back and enjoy life doing nothing but hobbies. Is that really what the Bible teaches us to do? No way! If we’re blessed enough to have a retirement in which we don’t have to work a standard 40-hour a week job, we should be using this time to work harder than ever for Christ- because we have so much more free-time on our hands… missions trips, feeding the hungry, caring for the dying, caring for the fatherless. THAT’S what I want to do now that I’ve gained a new perspective on retirement! Of course, we should be doing those things long before retirement as well.
Here’s a song my little guys have memorized that we keep hung on our fridge… “Rescue the perishing, Care for the dying, Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave. Weep o’er the erring one, Lift up the fallen, Tell them of Jesus the Mighty to save.” If that’s not a great life goal, I don’t know what is! I can’t tell you what joy I get when I hear little voices going around my house singing that!
(Please do click over and watch the video, but in case you didn’t… The illustration is a rope. Francis Chan pulls a rope out of his bag, but it’s such a long rope you never see the one end of it come out of the bag. He tells you to imagine that the rope goes on forever and ever and ever… the rope continues on for millions and millions of years, never ending, it represents eternity. He picks up the one exposed end of the rope and just about 2″ of it is colored red, the rest of the rope is white and never ending. He explains that this small red space is your life, your time here on earth. He points out how crazy it is that we spend 1 1/2″ of our red space working our tails off, saving and fretting, so that we can live the last 1/2″ in blissful retirement. It’s so crazy because there’s millions and millions of years of rope still yet to come, yet we only lived for the small red space. He teaches that what we do in our small red space of the rope will affect the entire rest of the rope- the entire rest of eternity. So we need to live that red space for eternity and not just for a little better red space. Gripping point!)