Things That Last


In December of 1985, workers at Millersville University dismantled a 60,000 gallon, 108-foot-high water tower. At the top of the 50-year-old tower they found a bunch of paint brushes, rollers and pans left by students who had climbed the tower to paint the name of their fraternity on it—an enduring symbol for all the ages…right?

Even if the first inebriated student had painted his contribution immediately after the tower was built, the symbol would have stood for only 50 years. Is that a long time? Perhaps to a child, it is. To an adult, maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Compared to eternity, it’s a blip on the radar so small as to be invisible.

We all try to “make our mark” in the world (sometimes literally) in hopes that we are recognized and remembered. But in January 1986 the frat symbols would have been face-down in a landfill or melted in a blast furnace somewhere—forgotten, wiped out as if they had never existed at all. I see this need to be acknowledged on Facebook all the time, often in “status updates” like “I just had a delicious sandwich for lunch!” Good to know. I too send out comments to the world and then look back to see who “likes” them or who has commented on them. Like the whos in Whoville, we all cry out “We are here!” (For more on this topic, check this out)

Alas, the graffiti we scribble on the towers of the world or the buildings we erect ourselves do not last. Paul reminds us in 2 Cor 4:18 to “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Would you like to make your mark in the world in an eternal way? Then put down your paintbrush and show God’s love to someone. The love that we give lasts forever and will impact the world forever. One of the true joys of ministry is wondering how the love that someone has received from a church member will manifest itself at some point in the future. It’s the only gift that truly keeps on giving.

1 John 4:7 reads, “Dear friends, love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” If God is love and God is eternal, then love is eternal. It will never be dismantled or destroyed.

Do you want to do something that will last forever? Love someone!


The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” --John 21:17


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Good job, Kent. I llove you. Dad

January 08, 2011 - 08:07

Another great point. People all have basic needs and the need to be recognized, appreciated, and seen/heard are all tremendous needs that drive us to do many things (like paint symbols on a water tower). But what I've come to realize is that Jesus Christ is the one who meets all our needs. Now that's often said, but not fully realized. In Christ all of our needs are met if we allow him to be in full control (or at least as much as possible) of our lives. When we're there, we have the Fruit of the Spirit. When we're not, we don't - we have the acts of the 'sinful nature'.

A side note. When my Marc and Bethany were home from Charlottesville over the Christmas holiday, they told me a story about the Grinch. It seems that Ted Geisel (Dr Seuss) applied to the University of VA (the Wahoos - or 'Hoos) three times and was rejected three times. He bought a house high on a hill overlooking the town and University and legend has it that it was from there that he wrote the Grinch. That makes him the Grinch and the story is about his being changed through forgiving. If it's true, it's another great story.


January 08, 2011 - 00:22

Remember Jesus's most important command, and the second? "Love the Lord..." and "Love your neighbor..." Let's do it!

January 07, 2011 - 16:31
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