“In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19

It’s curious to me that I can sit up late, watching Wimbledon tennis finals, yet two months later I can’t even tell you who played, let alone who won. I enjoy watching sport yet it’s very much a thrill for the moment and not of lasting importance. The same thing happens each time the Olympics roll around. I’ll watch many events and enjoy the tension of the competition but a couple of months later, I’ll be hard-pressed to tell you who won medals. Sporting achievements aren’t significant despite the media hype and all the attention the athletes get. Ultimately, sport is only a game, it’s not real life.

When I think of the significant moments in my life they have to do with people and relationships, not achievements. My most significant moments are the ones where I have encountered God. He is always everywhere but there’ve been occasions in my life where God has seemed to be particularly close, particularly real. Mostly they have been unplanned moments that I’ll never forget and have left me hungry for more such moments.

Significant moments may not be as unplanned as they seem. They come because we first made a commitment. Whether it’s a commitment to our spouse, our families or to God. Commitments aren’t easy to keep especially in tough times. But commitments to people over achievements will provide opportunities for significant moments.