We had the great pleasure of having Dr Jim Plueddemann (a professor in the Mission and Evangelism Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) preach at our church. Jim and his wife, Carol, have served as missionaries just about their entire lives. Jim served as SIM’s International Director from 1993 to 2003.
He told of how he, as a 12-year-old boy, was struggling with an overwhelming sense of meaningless. He considered all the millions of people who had died before him and all the many millions who would die after him. He too, no doubt, would die.
Would his life count for anything? How could he make a difference that would outlast his earthly life?
Later that day he was begrudgingly washing the dishes and his eye caught a short poem that his mother had glued in front of the basin on the wall. It read:
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.