Thursday, June 3, 2010

Will Your Trivial Pursuits Profit You in the End?

It came to my attention today that a co-creator of the Trivial Pursuit board game died recently at the age of 59:


Chris Haney, a former Canadian journalist whose fascination with entertaining, barely useful tidbits of information led him to co-create the bestselling board game Trivial Pursuit, died May 31 at a Toronto hospital. He was 59.
He had kidney and circulatory problems, said Scott Abbott, who created the game with Haney more than 30 years ago and watched it become a cultural phenomenon across North America and around the world.
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The game's success allowed Mr. Haney to indulge his passion for golf. With Abbott, he built Devil's Pulpit and Devil's Paintbrush in Ontario; they were named the best new golf courses in 1991 and 1992, respectively, by Golf Digest magazine. Mr. Haney spent every winter in Marbella, Spain, sailing there on an ocean liner because he was averse to flying. 
I have no idea of the state of Mr. Haney's soul, but I do know he has faced the God who created Him and has judged Him in perfect righteousness. I also know you and I will one day face that same God to whom we owe perfect love and obedience.

The bad news is that we've fallen far short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), having lived our lives in pursuit of truly trivial things, exchanging the glory of God for all sorts of created things (1:18-23). God cannot overlook that. He must and will judge it, and that is a terrible but necessary thing (Hebrews 9:27).

The good news is there is escape from such wrath. There is escape from a life of trivial, self-glorifying pursuits, and it's only found in Jesus Christ, God's only Son (John 14:6).

On the cross, God poured out His wrath against sin on His perfect, sinless Son, so that whoever believes in Him should pass from judgment to pardon, from death to newness of life (John 3:16; 2 Cor. 5:17).

I hope that Mr. Haney put his trust in Jesus before going before the bar of God's eternal justice. If he didn't, it's too late for him, but not for you reading this now.

Turn to Jesus, confess you are a sinner without excuse for your sins (Romans 1:20), that Jesus died in your place (10:9) and was raised from the dead on the third day (I Corinthians 15:4).

Trust in Him alone to be your righteousness before God, and you will be saved from God's judgment against your sinful, trivial pursuits (I Thessalonians 1:10).

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