Thursday, August 21, 2008

Worth it all...


What is worth it all? Tonight I watched Nastia Liukin win the all-around gymnastics competition in only seven minutes on nbcolympics.com. It was an amazing display of execution, coordination and just plain old nailing it. What caught my attention was at the end of the highlight video, the announcer shared about a conversation with Mr. Liukin, her coach and her dad. The coach/dad said, "We have been training our whole life to be the Olympic all-around champion." That phrase stuck with me because of the weight of what that means for the practicality of her life and her friendships and what she eats and drinks and talks about around the dinner table. Her whole life was/is gymnastics. To compete at the level that she does, there is no other hobby or interest or past time or really anything. She has sacrificed everything for this dream. I was thinking about this in light of what we have been talking about, and what is worth your whole life. Ultimately, her crown will fade away, and the euphoria will grow cold and possibly in 100 years, some will remember her name. But, what is worth it all for eternity? What is worth all our life in this life?

Jesus tells an amazing parable about the kingdom of heaven where a man who finds a treasure in the ground, sells all he has to buy the treasure. In essence, what he found was worth more than everything he had but he couldn't have it unless he sold everything. The kingdom of God will cost you everything but it is worth more than anything. You couldn't buy this treasure with half of what you have or a quarter of your life. It costs you everything. Jesus tells us to count the cost if we are going to follow Him. We are to deny ourselves, take up the cross and follow Him. It is not about us, anymore. But, in return we get life and life abundantly.

Mt 10:39 - Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Mt 16:26 - For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life?

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