Do you remember jumping rope as a kid? Most of us have participated in jumping rope, or you have at least witnessed it many times.

Recently, my pastor used a jump rope as an illustration. This jump rope was a little different though; he held one end of the rope, and the other end stretched all the way across the platform and went out of sight.

He held the rope by that 4-inch plastic end; we’ve all seen that; and he said, “This rope indicates our life and our life for all of eternity.” He said, “This handle on the end of the rope indicates our time here on Earth; the rest of the rope that goes on and on indicates all of the time we live after we leave this world.”

It was a pretty good eye-opener and a good illustration to show just how short our life here on Earth really is. According to the illustration, compared to eternity, our life here on Earth is about 4 inches long.

No matter how you slice it, it doesn’t take long to cover 4-inches of ground; and as you get older, you realize just how real that jump rope illustration really is. Right?

How many times have you thought, or said, “Boy it seems just like yesterday that we were doing this or that and this or that was 30 or 40 years ago. Time sure does go by fast.

Boy, it really does. It’s kind of scary to think about where you may be on the handle end of that jump rope. Do you have an inch remaining or 2 inches? Maybe you don’t have that much at all.

What we need to be reminded of is that this life we live on Earth is so short compared to eternity; and the decisions we make here on this short ride on Earth, impact us for the rest of our existence. It’s kind of a big deal!

But the scary thing is, when you look around, you don’t see people living their lives this way, do you? You see people living like they have an endless number of tomorrows and living for themselves instead of how God teaches us to live.

This is a great time for us to pause and think about our personal walk with God. Is it where it should be? Are you as close to the Lord as you should be? It is so easy to get off track and honestly, it’s pretty easy to get back on track as well.

Spending time in prayer and re-committing your heart to the Lord is something we all can do. God is not interested in what you did wrong yesterday. He is more concerned about what you do for Him today and tomorrow. John 3:17 says that God did not send his Son to condemn the world but to save the world through Him.

This time on Earth is very short. Accepting Christ into your heart and living for Him on Earth is the greatest thing we can do.

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