Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cures, Coaches & God's Word

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." ~ Deuteronomy 6:5-7

I know a young man who travels thousands of miles a year to receive specialized treatment in the hopes of curing an illness that, if not cured, will take his life. He believes that the trip is worth it because his life is at stake. He is willing to go to this great expense and this great length to get to the cure.

Years ago in Texas I worked with a friend whose son was a baseball prodigy. They spent thousands of dollars and hours preparing him to pitch in the pros. He got his chance, signing with the Pirates, but because of moral failures and character issues he was dropped. They had sacrificed everything for him to pitch, but had never taught him the thing that could have made him a real success. They never taught him the Word.

I know parents who have made other sacrifices for another purpose. They have sacrificed time and resources.  Sometimes they have sacrificed their children's popularity so that they could learn the Word of God. They have worked hard to be part of a local church where the Word of God is taught, sacrificed time and effort to make sure their children were part of Bible teaching ministries in that church, and given of themselves and their resources to teach other children the Word of God.  They do this because they believe that the most important thing is defined by God, not the world.

While most of us would do whatever it took to find a cure for a illness, especially for our children, there is a limit to medicine. Everyone will still die. All of us want the best possible chance for our children's future success, but there is a limit to talent and success.  In the end the greatest athlete, most successful businessman, and most popular politician will be nothing more than a byline in history. And, even that history will one day come to an end.

These things are not unimportant. They are just not the most important.  God has defined what is most important.  Give all you have to know and love God, to know His Word, and to teach it to your children. Only God's Word can give us what we need, both for life and eternity.