February 4, 2013
As I am approaching the end of this year of encouragement, I was thinking back to why I started the “What’s your Dash blog” in the first place. I am in my 50’s and for some reason I browse the Obituaries occasionally. Many times, you will see a caption that represents someone’s life. Like, Lawyer, Doctor, and a host of other titles to make someone think that their life was significant.
One I saw said, “Redskin Fan.” And I thought to myself…you are kidding. That is all you got? That is what you want your family and friends to remember you by? That was what your life was all about?
Now I am not against sports, in fact I enjoy watching them…somewhat.
I read an interesting article about a year or so ago about professional football players “after” winning the Super Bowl. It seems that it is a common time for them to experience significant depression after their victory.
Doesn’t seem strange? That significant accomplishment…and it is very significant…represents the pinnacle of their chosen sport. The crown…the ultimate achievement. So why the depression?
It is easy to understand. What is next? After you have achieved it all…what next? In other words, all of the crowning achievements of the world are really empty unless you have something else in your life…and what is that something else? God.
Solomon spells that out very clearly for us in the book of Ecclesiastes…
Ecclesiastes 2:8-11 – 9Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom also stood by me. 10All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. 11Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun. (NASB)
Wow…that is a little dark. You mean that God is going to fulfill me and my life? Come on Dan… Well if you don’t believe me, consider this verse.
John 15:7-11 – 7“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.10“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. (NASB)
Come on Dan…you mean that if I abide in Jesus my life will be complete? And have joy? Isn’t that just religious jargon?
You tell me…why do rich people become alcoholics, drug addicts, and commit suicide? They have it all!! Why do sports athletes…the really good ones…end up on drugs, booze, and in prison? Why do “Rock Stars” have alarmingly high propensities for drugs, booze and suicide?
Because there is nothing in this world that gives joy, and that is the desire of our hearts…down deep…the desire of our hearts is to be worth something. The world doesn’t care anything about you in the long term…when the money runs out, and the glory has faded….
But God….is EXCITED when you are doing things for Him! And He will reward you with Joy and Fulfillment…and the one thing that we are really looking for…an assurance of what happens after we die.
So be encouraged! If you are abiding in Christ, your life will be rewarding and full….and He will do everything for you, and provide for you and protect you…and love you!!!
But if you want to say no to God? Then you are on your own….and how is that working out?
But it isn’t too late….I LOVE THIS VERSE…
Revelation 3:20 – ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. (NASB)
Please….please….hear God’s knocking….and open the door. You will NOT be disappointed!
Grace and Peace, Dan