It’s so difficult to see past the triviality of this world, this life, into what lies beyond: forever. If could, for a moment even, be focussed on forever, things in this world would become meaningless. Maybe that’s what the writer of Ecclesiastes was talking about when he says, “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” It’s not that we don’t have purpose, but it is a higher purpose meant for all of eternity. We can say that the characteristics of our life here on earth don’t matter and we are living for the expectation of forever, but do we really mean that? We place so much emphasis on who we are now, not what we will be known for, for all eternity. And thus culture becomes a distraction from eternal motivation. The here and now is the epitamy of culture. What wind are you chasing after?
If we could recognize the significance of eternity and put that mindset into practice, our priorities would shift and we would find ourselves following the commands of the One who created forever; therefore, we would be fullfilling our God-ordained destiny. Our minds would shift from a self-absorbed concern for ourselves to a concern for others around us and around the world. If you really think about this, the world would change completely. We would find ourselves following true religion, religion without the factions and politics. “To look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” For myself, my life will only be complete when that happens, and only then will I be able to rest in the fact that I have lived a complete life.