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What Really Matters?

By Don Loftis | 10.08.14

Through our “life’s travels” we all experience our share of failures and disappointments.  We may lose an election, be rejected by someone we love, receive a termination letter from work, or have a business fail.  Friends may hurt us, and even churches may disappoint us.  No one is immune from these things.

Certainly not to minimize the pain and hurt these things bring (they really do sting and tears are alright), but their lasting impact is not fatal.  Even the real tragedies of life such as bankruptcies brought on by medical bills or the death of a child or spouse do not represent ultimate disaster.  We may mourn, but we do not despair.

We may not be mature enough to accept it, but the only thing that really matters is what we are doing with Jesus.  One day Jesus came to eat lunch with two sisters named Mary and Martha.  Mary sat at Jesus’ feet to soak up His wisdom and presence, but Martha became highly frustrated just trying to put the meal together.  Her complaint to Jesus was met with this response, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42).

When the issues of our lives are placed on the “balance scales of eternity,” it will matter little where we lived, how close we were to the grandkids, where we vacationed, or how badly the arthritis hurt.  All that will really matter is what we have done with Jesus and His offer of salvation.  What is our answer?



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