The theme of this year’s New Attitude conference was discernment. One of the primary ways we develop a right perspective on things is by seeing them in light of eternity. What really matters will be so easy to discern the moment we stand face to face with our Creator.
At the last session of the conference, I read a quote from The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions edited by Arthur Bennett. I have used this book in my personal devotions for years and it’s helped me grow in my awareness of my sin and my gratefulness for the Gospel. This particular section from the prayer "Openness" helps me better understand what I should be pursuing right now.
I hasten towards an hour
When earthly pursuits and possessions will appear vain,
When it will be indifferent whether I have been rich or poor,
Successful or disappointed,
Admired or despised.
But it will be of eternal moment that I have mourned for sin,
Hungered and thirsted after righteousness,
Loved the Lord Jesus in sincerity,
Gloried in his cross.