Friday, November 04, 2005

Eternity: the real deal

It has settled over me and my household like a blanket. There is a deep, long-lasting ache. And with it has come a sobriety. The vanity of this world, the pain and emptiness that sin has brought into this life everywhere I look, and the brevity of human years have all been freshly revealed. The masquerade has ended, the bluff is exposed. The enemy played a card but foolishly revealed his hand. Loser. Total loser.

He wants us to play the game. He wants us to live for this...this charade. But lest I become lacking in caution, I remind myself that the game has not ended. We who are still playing must persevere to the finish, to the final card, the last play, watching carefully the subterfuge of this artful opponent. And then we cash in.

And so you can see, the game itself is not really the goal; it is the end of the game for which we play. There may be thrill in discovering the bluff, exhilaration in the challenge, delight in the collected piles of chips along the way, but in the end it is the victor who has the real joy. When the game is finished, when all is said and done, winning is all that matters. The reason we play is to win.

So the opponent blundered; he revealed his hand. His trickery, intended to derail us, causes us instead to look more closely at our own cards. We remember that this game is not a game, not some mere charade - it is the real deal. Time, talent, fortune, and energy are important, but only if they are put in His hand and used to bring us to eternity, to the true reality. And to eternity we must go.

Oh, that we might not get caught up with his charade - this game of life - and lose sight of true reality. The real deal. In the end it's all that really counts.

7 Comments:

Blogger Lore said...

that was really good.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Exactly!

2:58 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Great thoughts. I appreciate hearing your thoughts so much.

On another note - Wisebuys really does have great stuff if your willing to look. I've taken a hint from you and try to decorate my home for every season/holiday. It will take some time to build up items for every season, but Thanksgiving was my focus this year. Wisebuys is helping out with that! Their items are a bit more unique than anything from Wal-mart, at a similar price. Can't beat that!

7:07 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

We're (almost) always home so if you ever want to stop by, we'd love it! And children and grandchildren are welcome as well - my girls love playmates of all ages.
I'd love your opinion on some flower issues as well. :-)

5:57 PM  
Anonymous rick said...

Excellent thoughts. Very, very well stated.

11:49 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

I hope you don't mind that I quoted you on my blogger. My attitude about the coming season has been honed a bit, and I love the way your thoughts have helped me focus it a bit, too.
Thank you.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Heather Dowling said...

Thank you, Mrs. Sinclair... I really needed that.

12:05 PM  

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