“Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
when the glory of his house increases.
For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
his glory will not go down after him.
For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed
—and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,
who will never again see light.
Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.”
I am reminded of Jon Foreman’s Light and Heavy – “on my pilgrimage / I’m traveling light with a heavy heart”.
On Wednesday night I was sitting in the car of a kind stranger who was dropping us off after fellowship/bubble tea. There were three of us and the other guy didn’t seem up to talking so the driver & I made our way through typical college-student small talk, what are you studying where are you staying for summer do you like it etc. And then he shifted the conversation and suddenly started talking about a sermon he’d heard months ago about not taking the Lord’s name in vain (which happened to be the topic of a sermon I’d heard three days ago). And he said that to take the Lord’s name in vain doesn’t mean just to swear. It means to forget that you are made in the image of God and bear the weight of his glorious name every single day. To treat it flippantly – in vain.
I don’t know why he felt compelled to share this with a stranger on a Wednesday night – I don’t even remember his name >__>; but this has stuck with me a lot and I’m really grateful he did. Heavy with things that count, light with things that don’t.