Greatness, Time, and Wisdom

Image credit: Annca, source (edited by author)


Author’s note: Following a series of life events which conspired to prevent me from writing, I’m finally publishing the remaining stories from last year’s trip, as well as more recent writings which have never been released.  Thank you for your patience, and enjoy the ride!

There’s a story in David Batstone’s book Not for Sale about a woman who works in rural Thailand to rescue children from the slave trade.  It’s a powerful, moving tale as she boldly goes into situations where she is not wanted in order to rescue them, and it left me wondering.  You see, almost no one outside of those who have read the book and she knew directly will ever hear about her.  Yet how great is the work that she does?  Almost all of us would agree that she is having a tremendous impact on the world, would we not?

On the other hand, every day we hear about big corporate moves and how clever this CEO is, or that entrepreneur, or this businessman.  But when they get to heaven, to what will all of that account?

Most of the work we do will be washed away in the tide of anonymity.  How long will we be remembered outside of those who we loved?  Even our biggest works and the acclaim that comes with it will get wiped away in an instant, replaced by the next great thing, even while we live.  What remains?

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Where is the one who is wise?  Where is the scribe?  Where is the debater of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  For consider your calling, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the LORD.”

1 Corinthians 1:18-21; 25-31

Whose wisdom informs our lives and our paths?  Do we seek greatness as the world would have us see it, or as God tells us it is?  Which will last?

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