An extreme optimist jumped from the top of a skyscraper. As he sailed past the balconies on his way down he told the astonished onlookers, “Everything’s OK so far!”
That optimist gives us a humorous picture of what is actually the tragic way many people think about life. They live in a world of blind optimism because of an extremely short term focus in life. They are enjoying the swift lifestyle, but not considering the imminent crash that lies just a few seconds ahead.
As you consider how you will spend your time today, be sure to factor in the eternal consequences of what you choose to do. Compared to eternity, this life is simply a flash of time followed by the certainty of death and the reality of life after death. When our plans only focus on the trip down, we miss what should be our obvious frame of reference, and we make decisions we may regret for all eternity.
Remember, preparing for what happens after the crash redeems the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.