We linger too long in the past. Dusty trophies turn from mementos of accomplishments to embarrassing fragments of a life we no longer can lead. Photos fade as time pulls us downstream further from the heights we once enjoyed. One day, you start to tell a story about a great accomplishment, only to realize it was half your life away and will never come again.

For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.

1 Peter 1:24

But Christians are different. We judge success by a measure that is matchless and timeless. The salvation of souls is as fulfilling and worthy of celebration at ones peak as it is in the twilight years. There is no glory but God’s and no fading of joy as we look back, only the hope that we can see it happen again and meet those whom we helped to save when we all enter Glory once and forever.

Ethan Kirl