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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Sept. 29, 2010 - Around the Block

By Scott Harrup

Lately, Lindsay has joined me on my neighborhood jogs. If we’re not too out of breath, we share some easy conversation. Autumn’s approach keeps the heat index in check, making our current 1-mile trek somewhat tolerable.

Lindsay’s also well into her first semester at Evangel University. She opted to pursue her studies at a local college as a commuter student. This has softened the transition somewhat for this change-averse dad. I’m trying to squeeze as much enjoyment as possible out of our times around the block.

And yet, the laps act as another reminder of life’s constant flux. I think of a short film I watched back in the ’80s — one of those artsy pieces you might catch on PBS between full-length episodes of whatever. The main character jogged through a park meditating on his life and steadily aging as the film progressed. Joys and disappointments, good decisions and bad — all flashed through his mind as he continued to mark the years with his daily run. I seem to remember he keeled over from a heart attack at the end.

It’s tempting to focus on life’s transience. But Scripture reminds us there is so much more to live for than our temporary goals and hopes. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV). We may be “jogging around the block” with nearly 7 billion co-travelers for our 70 laps around the sun, but we’re really living in an extended pause at the beginning of eternity.

An eternal perspective helps us better evaluate our choices and our use of time. Does it make more sense to work an 80-hour week to provide your child with a bigger trust fund, or to use time and energy to speak love and wisdom into that young life and point him or her toward an unending future with God?

So, the hips and knees hurt a little more these days after a run, and I’m still in no danger of breaking a 7-minute mile — but I’m looking at more than the sidewalk slipping by beneath my feet. I’m watching my new running partner cast her vision toward what promises to be an amazing future.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

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