July 5; Are You On Fire Over A Particular Project?
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Chapter Seven: Power; 5 July

By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,

being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

2 Peter 3:7

Are You On Fire Over A Particular Project?

Accomplishment

Trophies on the Yoest fireplace mantle

Trophies on the Yoest fireplace mantle

Psychologist and author, James Dobson, was captain of his college tennis team. His goal, his consuming passion as a freshman was to win his school’s tournament, which he did in his junior and senior years.

His achievement was proudly inscribed on the school’s two-foot tall ‘perpetual trophy’ that listed all of the institution’s tennis champions since 1947.

It was prominently placed in the school’s display glass case for years and years.

But there was a renovation and the old awards, dull with age, were tossed—without ceremony—in a garbage bin. A friend happened to notice and rescued the tarnished metal for Dobson, which meant so much so many years ago.

Michael Gryboski, a writer for the Christian Post, quoted Dr. Dobson,

I learned that if you live long enough, life will eventually trash your trophies…If it’s not done for Christ, eventually it won’t matter.

You know what will matter? Who you loved and who loved you and what you did together to serve the Lord.

The genius of strategic management is to determine what is important and what is not. To decide what is good for this side of eternity and vital for the other. We need to determine what is a real trophy; what is the wheat and what is the chaff, because the waste, the chaff will be burned up. “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” as the saying goes. “And it is all small stuff.”

It is all chaff.

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A story is told of a young mother who moves with her engineer husband who took a job in a large firm. The first week in their new city she and her husband are visiting a church and happily run into his co-workers. They go to lunch. The menfolk are discussing their latest mechanical engineering. They are rather pleased with themselves. One man assumed that she, too, is a “professional” and he asks her what project she is working on.

Her eyes twinkle as she looks around the table. “I’ve got three projects: three children,” she smiles. “And I’m doing the only work here that won’t get burned up in the final fire.”

Everything discussed around that table will be burned up in the blaze at the end of our age. “Lord willing,” she continues, “I’ve got the projects that will survive on the good side of eternity.”

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As Dr. Dobson says on the last pages of his book Life on the Edge,

Thanks for reading along with me. I hope to meet you someday. If our paths don’t cross this side of heaven, I’ll be looking for you in that eternal city. By all means, Be There!

We will be there without our earthly baggage of discarded trophies.

By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 2 Peter 3:7.

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