When I was about eight years old, my Dad entered me in the local “Punt, Pass, & Kick” contest. I didn’t really understand it, but I did it. I won a trophy! I still have it, I think, maybe it’s in a box in the attic. My Dad got me a horse, we joined a small, local riding club and they had competitions. I won a race! I got a trophy. I think it’s in that box too.
Like so many of you who read these articles, I’ve received my share of certificates, plaques, diplomas, and awards. They all pretty much collect dust in the attic, a shelf, or a closet now.
A friend and former co-worker of mine retired to Hot Springs Village. He told me as he met many of his neighbor that they were all “P.I.P.s” or “Previously Important People.”
I think most people who retire are glad to relinquish all the stress, pressure, and expectations. They are ready to stop being an “Important Person” and enjoy the later years of life with much less demanding activities. They want to do the things they have always dreamed of doing when work took up all their time.
So, if I’m on my deathbed, what really matters? When this life is all said and done, what will be my greatest accomplishment? Will it be the college degree, the mounted 10-point buck, or the proverbial “gold watch?” Probably not. Well, absolutely not!
The apostle Paul had a long list of accomplishments. He was the “best of the best” and the “most of the most” in his day. He could out-brag any of us.
But as he looked back on them, he said they were all rubbish. Now rubbish is a mild translation. Now how does a preacher say this without getting into trouble? I think you get the picture: sewage, garbage, poop!
His greatest accomplishment was knowing Christ Jesus as Lord! All other achievements become like a few grains of sand the wind blows away compared to the deep and wide ocean of knowing Christ.
You will live forever. How much joy will you experience from the certificates, plaques, diplomas, trophies, and awards if you spend eternity apart from the love of God? Zero, zilch, none!
Do you want real joy? Come to know and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Knowing him is the greatest accomplishment of life. If you do know Christ, joy comes from becoming more like him daily. Are you growing in Christ or retired from him too?
“I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8 ESV
Want to know more? This Sunday at 9am, I will continue the series, “HOW TO IN-JOY LIFE: Simple, but Difficult Steps.”
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