"Brothers, what we do in life, echoes in eternity." This is my all-time favorite quote from any movie I have seen.
At the beginning of the movie Gladiator (2000), Maximus, the main character, prepares his army for battle. It is a decisive battle that will determine who the victor will be for the war. He gives a quick command to someone and then rides out to his elite group of soldiers. He gives a concise, yet impactful speech to them. His last statement is visionary and inspiring for the moment. He says, "Brothers, what we do in life, echoes in eternity." This is my all-time favorite quote from any movie I have seen.
I was reminded of this quote recently when one of our Upper School teachers was meeting with a group of students at a local eatery. A gentleman had noted this teacher opening the Word of God and sharing with ECS students on a weekly basis for several months. He observed what was taking place and approached the teacher. He proceeded to encourage the teacher and then handed the teacher a check as a donation to the school. This person was willing to give financially to what he saw – discipleship! Wow! I believe with all my heart that every moment we live life can impact eternity. This is especially true in the classroom and even outside of the classroom. The donation is not what echoes into eternity, but the relationship this teacher has with students does.
I do not know about you, but I get fired up when I hear of stories like this. It is what motivates me to keep on keeping on. It is a real-life example of how what we do in life echoes into eternity. I hope and pray that we understand important moments do not just happen when we set them up to happen. In reality, they happen when we least expect it. Let's be ready to impact eternity each and every day in the little moments of life!