"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
Have you ever played a game and became so deeply entrenched in it? Game, be it the Warcraft series, Monopoly, MMORPGs or even the marketplace simulation game for Strategic Management. Did you manage to build up an empire from scratch, or save over millions of dollars, or have a long list of rare items in your storage box? How often have you wondered if it wouldn't be great to be able to transfer all your hard earned rewards and spoils into the real world?

Sometimes, in the midst of playing these games, we became so entrenched in it that all our thoughts are about the game for the whole week. Take stock exchange for example and you will get my point crystal clear. Yet, if we took some steps back, we would realize that all those hard earned stuff can't really be transferred into the real world (not the stock exchange of course!). Once we internalized that, we would then become less engrossed over the games, focus on the reality and perhaps quit gaming for good. Afterall, what good it is, when we are able to excel in the games but in reality, nothing really changes?

For that matter, isn't that the same thing in the real world? How often we think that life is pretty much contained in this real world and we strive for bigger pay, house, car or even more beautiful spouse? Yet, deep down in our hearts, we know that we can't bring any of these when we die. Why do we still chase after the wind then? If we do have eternity in perspective, then the whole paradigm shifts and our priority will shift in this real world. In any case, wouldn't it be a shock to some, when they discover that the real world is not that real afterall?

Someone aptly remark that our lives on earth is just a dream; and death really is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives which will go on forever and ever in eternity, with each new chapters better than the one before. Where is your priority today? Are you building up an empire or storing up something which you can't bring along when you die? Or are you storing up things which are yours to keep in eternity? For where your treasures are, there your heart will be. May you store up good things in heaven which will never be destroyed or ruined. God bless you.