“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:18

To say the Voyager 1 space probe has traveled a long way would be a massive understatement. As I write this, it is over 13 billion miles away from Earth. A few years ago it became the first man-made object to leave the solar system.

But it’s not just a spacecraft – it’s a time capsule.

Before the Voyager was launched into space, a team of scientists made a recording called the Golden Record. They recorded greetings in different languages, animal and nature sounds, and samples of several styles of music – even Chuck Berry made it on there. This record was placed on board Voyager in the hopes that another civilization might one day discover it.

The Golden Record is the ultimate time capsule. It was recorded in the 1970’s, so it provides a little snapshot of everything we considered important at that time. The record is made from very durable metals, and scientists believe it will be playable for at least a billion years. So a billion years into the future, if someone comes across this record, they can get a little glimpse of what Earth was like in the 1970’s.

If you think about it, our lives are a lot like that Golden Record. We have just a few short years on Earth. But whatever we do during our time here will have an impact that reaches far beyond our lifetimes. The “record” we make through the actions we take and the decisions we make today will resonate in eternity.

Knowing this makes me want to focus not on things that are going to decay and be forgotten, but on things that are eternal. Relationships with people matter, as does my relationship with God. These things will still matter a lot further into the future than a billion years.

I’m sure the scientists who assembled that Golden Record took great care when they were recording it. They knew that it would last a long time. Our lives are the same way. We should be very deliberate in our actions, knowing that they have eternal impact.

Decide today that you are going to focus on eternal things like God and relationships. You will be forever grateful that you did.