Gladiator Russell Crowe, as the Roman general Maximus, addresses his troops before battle. He tells them to imagine where they will be after the battle; and if they do they will live and it will be so.
“Hold the line! Stay with me! If you find yourself alone, riding in the green fields with the sun on your face, do not be troubled. For you are in Elysium [Heaven], and you’re already dead! Brothers, what we do in life… echoes in eternity.”
This last line carries such weight and truth in it. “What we do in life…” Each of us should examine what we are doing on a daily basis: our actions, our words, our goals and our purpose. It is clear in the scriptures that we were created for PURPOSE.
“Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup…” Psalm 16:5
“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16
We need not be concerned as we are already prepared to fulfill our calling. First, God prepared our DNA exactly for that purpose. When we step into that for which we were made, it is a perfect fit.
“Nothing happens to anyone that he is not fitted by nature to bear.”-Maximus
Second, a promise is made to us in scripture: “He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.” Psalm 25:12 God does not leave us to wonder how to do the work given. He is with us to accomplish His Will.
“…will echo in eternity.”
Wow. Everything we do, the choices we make of how to use our time… We are in the “selfie” generation whether it is pictures, fulfilling wants and desires of our own or ignoring the cries of need from others. Friends, this should not be.
I appeal to everyone who reads this that you make deliberate choices of how you will leave your mark on eternity. Ask yourselves,
“What have I done to make an impact that will last forever? Who can point to me in eternity and say, ‘If it were not for you…’?”
This is a basis of my life vision. This is one impetus that drives me. I want to make a difference especially for the Holocaust Survivors; to be affected not just for an hour, or a day, but for eternity.
The word ‘impetus’ is the energy or motivation to accomplish something; the force that causes the motion of an object to overcome resistance and maintain its velocity.
Will you be part of this force that is needed? I invite you to overcome any resistance keeping you from your destiny…
What is your calling? What should you be doing to impact the future of others? Imagine someone recognizing you in eternity for the things you did to change their lives forever.
I ask you: “Will you become an echo in eternity?”