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Tuesday Thoughts 7-16-19

One of my favorite responses to something that doesn’t seem important (or I’m trying to ignore) is, “It won’t matter in a hundred years.”  But after Saturday night, I want to walk that back a bit.  Diana and I attended a Teens for Christ concert that ended an afternoon 50-year TFC reunion party.  When I compare the atmosphere and life impact in the personal stories told with the tales from past High School reunions (year 42 and counting) I want to change my statement to a question, “Will what I am doing matter in a hundred years?”  It’s easy to think that time will erase both my failures (hooray!) and successes (bummer).  The longer the time, the less vital seems potential influence for good or evil.  But talk to an historian, check out a grade-school textbook, or chat with a recent reunion attender.  We are deeply impacted by the lives and times of those who have gone before…even way before.  As I think of my two grandmothers (both born in the late 1800’s and lived into their 90’s), I feel all warm and fuzzy over one, and rather cold over the other.  I bet you have long-gone relatives who either inspired joy, or something more like fear, and you can relive those feelings yet today.  So what we do (and how we do it) spans the passage of time for good and for bad.  It looks like we have a choice here.  This choice (and future influence) applies to the big, public things as well as the small, private ones, and everything in-between.  How will what I’m choosing right now, leave an impression in a hundred years?  Paul called the church located in Corinth to a similar guideline when he wrote, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV).  In a hundred years, those things done as Jesus would, will inspire reunion tales of freedom and peace.  What are you doing right now?

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