By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries
A lightning bolt lasts 45 to 55 microseconds. The average running shoe worn by the average runner on an average surface will last 350 to 500 miles. A hard pencil can write up to 30,000 words or draw a line more than 30 miles long. Most ballpoint pens will draw a line 4,000 to 7,500 feet long.
Leather combat boots have a wartime life span of six months, a peacetime life span of eight months. The projected life span of a baby born in America today is about 77 years, nearly double what it was at the end of the 18th century. The longest authenticated life span of a human being is 113 years, 214 days.
Studies show married people live longer than those who remain single. A 100-watt incandescent bulb will last about 750 hours; a 25-watt bulb, 2,500 hours. The number of times a light bulb is turned on and off has little to do with its life-span. A one-dollar bill lasts approximately 18 months in circulation.
Practice footballs used by professionals last two to three days – a playing life of perhaps five hours. Home teams are required to provide 24 new foot balls each game, and these last only about six minutes of playing time.” (Sermon Illustrations).
It seems money does not last long in this present economy. A $20 bill said, “Hotels, vacations, food, and fun.” The $1 bill said, “Church, church, church, all I see is church.” All things are gradually fading away, rusting, rotting, or eventually quit working. I am glad that there are some eternal things will never fade away.
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.” (John 10:28). Even after death Christians continue to be forever be with the Lord. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (II Corinthians 5:8).
Don’t focus on temporal earthly things, but keep your eyes on eternal things. Eternal things are like the energizer bunny. Eternal things will keep going, going and going! One day...“God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:4-5). In this temporal life, do you also have eternal life? As James Tate, my pastor, used to say, “Eternity is too long, to be wrong.” Think about it!
Ted Camp is director of Silent Word Ministries, a worldwide ministry to the deaf based in Trenton. E-mail him at TC@silentword.org to be added to the email list for weekly articles or phone (706) 657-8000.