ARE WE CONSUMED WITH TRIVIA?

My son put me on to a good read awhile ago entitled Mind on Fire: A Faith for the Skeptical and Indifferent.  It is a book containing excerpts from the works of Blaise Pascal, He was a philosopher who came to know Christ and in his own words, found his mind on fire with the incredible light of the Savior.  In one of his writings he concluded that we are consumed with trivia. “Man’s sensitivity to trivia, and his insensitivity to matters of major importance, reveal he has a strange disorder.”  Pascal likened people caught up in the perversions and trivialities of life to a group of people on a boat who think those on shore are moving away and they are the ones fixed. In reality, however,  the only fixed point is the harbor and the shore.  To avoid trivial consumption in life, he concluded we need a fixed point from which we are guided and assured of the important matters of life. Solomon wrote a book called Ecclesiastes in which he likened life without a fixed point or a harbor to vanity, emptiness and futility [Ecc. 2:17].   But thankfully Solomon did not end up there. He discovered that there is a fixed point that will keep us from viewing and living a life consumed with trivia.  In Ecc. 12:11 & 13 he said this: “The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings…the end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”  When we adhere to the word of God, fear that same God, and do what He says we are kept from trivial matters.  Do you recognize what is trivial? Are you refusing to worry over the trivial  and be consumed by it?  THINK IT THRU – Tom Wright

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