Things I Thought I Knew For Sure… “If you’re too heavenly minded, you’ll be no earthly good…”
That old saying used to make me feel better about keeping a firm grasp on culture and worldly trends. I thought if I focused on living today, in the moment, I’d be able to better relate to someone who was in need.
For this girl, that thought process backfired. Putting my focus on living my day to day life resulted in me becoming more and more self focused. More and more focused on worldly things.
The Husband has gently helped me see what he strongly believes to be true: If we focus on our “world” we lose sight of the bigger picture, there’s more than this life.
I’ve noticed that deliberately focusing on an eternal perspective immediately puts life here into focus. This plays out in several different ways.
For one if I’m focusing on things that will matter for eternity, like reaching out to “the least of these”, I’m not going to give a whit that my car isn’t a newer model. When I leave this world I don’t think my car will ever be thought of again. I don’t think at my funeral anyone will say: “Gosh, didn’t she have a great car?” But perhaps if I reached out to someone who was hurting or had a financial need I’d be able to see something lasting. To see I made a small difference.
Another quieter benefit to this thinking is in my interactions with others. Things that used to annoy me … not so much when my focus is off of myself.
I’m all new to this eternal perspective thing. It scared the life outta me when The Husband started talking about it. “Do you mean we can’t go out to eat anymore? Or buy new clothes? Or get a new car…ever?” (I’m nothing if not practical with my shallowness) But of course I was missing the point. When the focus changes, the things you want to do also changes. In essence, you still do what you want to do. It’s just different sometimes.
Just one more thing “I thought I knew for sure” biting the dust…