The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. I Corinthians 3:19
June 5, 2018
A thousand years from now, will it matter what title you held? Will it matter what height you climbed to be recognized for your hard work? A thousand years from now, will it matter that you gained one promotion after another? Will it matter that you outpaced your peers in a race to somewhere for some reason? Will it matter that you built something larger than others? Will it matter?
Jesus told a story of a man who raced and climbed and clawed his way toward more only to find that after arriving at the top the top wasn’t worth it. He gave his life to filling his own barns. The problem with the top is that it is the top. The only way to go is down.
Mother Teresa was once asked, “Why Calcutta?” Why would she choose to serve on streets littered with poverty and pain? Why the bottom when she had reached a status that could have landed her at the top? Her answer was simple and concise. She said it was because Jesus was there. Jesus is among the poor and broken. Jesus hangs out at the bottom and the bottom is beautiful. She found that it is among the thirsty, hungry, naked, imprisoned, and lonely that you will find Jesus. It is among the thirsty, hungry, naked, imprisoned, and lonely that you have your best shot at giving yourself to something that really matters. In finding Jesus and serving him at the crossroads of human need you will find beauty. Perhaps a thousand years from now that is all that will matter of the life we lived?