Friday, March 25, 2011

Co. Cork - when Irish eyes are smiling

I am just back from a visit to the Emerald Isle and it lived up to it's name, green and beautiful even on misty and foggy mornings. I was in Bandon and the surrounding area for a week of conference meetings starting on St. Patrick's Day. I arrived on a very sunny day and the views from the plane were stunning. Beautiful beaches and scenery. As I looked out of the window I wished that I was there on holiday but it was a business trip and there was work to be done.

My mother and wife are from the North of the country and there are a lot of similarities in the mindset of the people. The way they think and their attitude to life is quite similar especially those from rural communities. It was interesting to see the evidence of prosperity, every house I came across seemed to be bigger than the one before. It is however not the way things are at the moment. The country is struggling economically and I was told that there are developments of houses which have never been occupied and may even be knocked down. What a shame and a waste of money.

It all serves to reinforce that life is a constantly changing scene. You can never be certain of how things will go! Whether it is Japan with it's sudden calamity or Ireland and the Celtic Tiger fortunes can change and we never can be quite sure how things will turn out. All of this teaches me that the world will end one day and that only 'he that does the will of God will abide for ever'. The things that we see in this life are temporary but the unseen things of God are eternal and will still be around when time has run its course.

A question - what are you investing in? Things that will not be here at the end of life or eternal things. Jesus said 'Lay not up for yourself treasures upon earth, where moth and rust corrupts and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourself treasures in heaven....(Matthew.6.19,20).

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