Sunday, March 1, 2009

Touching Eternity

The other day I was sitting with my father in law in a rocking chair on his porch. Mr. Jonas has been a committed Christian for many years, though by his own admission there was a period of time during his younger days when he didn't walk with the Lord as much as he would have liked. Since retiring, he has become involved in a number of local ministries and has also been able to participate in several mission trips to Haiti. During our conversation he said that he realized his time to serve the Lord was growing short as he advanced in age and that from this point forward he "didn't want his hands to touch anything that would not touch eternity."

Since our conversation I have been thinking a lot about that statement. I have been asking myself how many things do MY hands touch that actually have eternal value. I think it is so easy to get busy doing things that may be okay to do, but which have no actual eternal significance. I rejoice that my father in law came to learn this valuable truth and has been able to apply it to his life even if it was not until he retired.

I have been wondering what would happen if Christians could learn this truth at age 55, or 45, or 25 instead of at age 65. Imagine learning this truth at age 15! Imagine having an entire life ahead to touch eternal things. Wow, what a life that would be!

The only way to have that kind of life, is to start living it today!


Dr. Terry W. Dorsett is a pastor, husband, father and author who has been serving small churches in New England since 1993. He often finds heavenly truths in everyday experiences and writes about them in his blog.


  1. This is a GREAT word! Thanks for sharing! Galatians 2:20

    Chip Colee

  2. Hi Bro. Terry,
    I really enjoyed this. Would you mind if I use this in my weekly email that I sent out?
    Hope you have a good week.

    Mike Watts

  3. This is good and something to think

    Jo Graves

  4. Nice work Pastor...great devotional and wonderful application.

  5. Jace Kirkman wrote at 3:49pm
    i read your blog...its got me thinking. the purposes of youth ministry go a lot deeper than most people realize...and ive just begun to learn them myself. God is continuing to show me how He can use teenagers every day, including in my own life...just the other day one of the youth i work with wrote something on my wall that blew me ... Read Morenever know if theyre learning until they actually show it huh? its so awesome to see God working in the lives of teenagers firsthand! hope youre safe from the snow (that isnt here anymore lol)...i got snowed in at easley this times! lol...hope youre having fun today!

  6. Mr. Lloyd Jonas, about whom this blog is written, passed into eternity on October 21, 2016. He is now seeing all that his hands touched.

    His obituary is shared below:

    Lloyd R. Jonas, 75, of Cowpens, SC died Friday, October 21, 2016 in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born January 1, 1941 in Shelby, NC, he was the son of the late James Franklin and Annie Wehunt Jonas.

    Lloyd served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. Along with being an independent contractor, he worked for Wise Foods and Ryder Trucking Co. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. His love of Haiti took him back nine times through missionary work. He also worked with Faith Home in Cowpens, making a difference in many people's lives.