So often we become focused on such trivial pursuits. For example, when we’ve decided we are for a ball team, say the Colts or Pacers, people get very excited about their team winning and often very depressed when their team loses. These fans spend a lot of money to travel to see the games, pay a lot of money to pack out large stadiums, buy their team’s paraphernalia, etc., for what?! In a few years, a few months, even a few days will it really matter if your team won or lost?
Unless you are a real sports fanatic (and there are plenty of them around these days) you can see my point. Well, from an eternal perspective, material things and so many other “important” things we obsess over get stressed about and too often make a major priority in our lives, are going to prove not to be too important. As we continue to learn from the Apostle Paul’s inspired letter, originally written to Timothy, in the morning message we will be reminded of “The Things That Really Matter”, the things that became Paul’s priorities and why at the end of his life as he considered standing before God at the Judgment Seat he said with confidence: “there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day…”