“In 1000 years, this all will fade away.” ~ Third Day
I have a song called “1000 Years” that I wrote a while back. I can’t remember if it ever got released on anything. But the idea is if you think 1000 years in the past and 1000 years into the future, you can get a good idea of what matters.
Think back to the 11th century. How many people can you name that lived then? I can think of zero, and I was a history major. I know the Battle of Hastings happened in 1066, but I have no idea who fought in it. The British and the French? Did Britain and France exist as countries then? I can’t even remember.
With that in mind, think ahead to 1000 years into the future. How likely is it that you or me or any of us will be remembered? It is quite likely that we won’t be remembered at all by people in 1000 years.
Knowing that, we should focus on a different kind of legacy. Sharing our faith with others, encouraging people, fostering relationships with God. Raising up children in the way they should go. Those are the kinds of things that will still matter in 1000 years.
Matthew 6:33 has become my theme the last couple of years. There’s so much truth to the idea that if we seek the things of God first, he will take care of the rest.
If you’re like me, you have a lot on your plate right now. Those things are important. They are so important, in fact, that God wants to help you through them. God wants to be a part of your life. More importantly, he wants you to be involved in his. He wants you to seek his kingdom and his righteousness.
It might be a worthy exercise to take a step back and look at your situation right now. What you are going through is very important, don’t get me wrong. But look at the parts of it that will matter 1000 years from now, and what parts would fall under the category of “all these things”? Adjust your priorities accordingly.