You may not have even realized this record existed. Until today, neither did I. Apparently there is a record for the most selfies taken in one hour, which is held by Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson at 1,449. There is a guy who plans to shatter this record, Bhanu Prakash, and he is taking this very seriously. He is so set on breaking this record that he recently quit his job as a research assistant at a hospital just so he could train himself. Prakash didn’t stop there though. He has also been doing hand and wrist exercises to ensure his success. He will attempt to break the record on September 18, 2015.
Everything about this is funny, and maybe a little sad. It’s certainly odd that he would quit his job to break this record, much less actually train for it, but maybe he was planning on quitting anyway. I suppose this is relatively harmless, but Bhanu Prakash’s mindset does seem to touch on a common problem in our world. Too often we replace the most important things with the things that are unimportant.
We focus much of our time to become great at a hobby, and the most important things are set aside. We let our kids skip out on church and Bible class for sports, and the most important things are set aside. We end up spending many mindless hours fixed on TV, and the most important things are set aside. We miss out on worship to keep stepping up the ladder at work, and the most important things are set aside.
On the eternal scale, most things have very limited importance. Compared to having a right relationship with God, many things have essentially no importance. Yet time and time again we see people make these and other things their focus, and the most important things are set aside.
At one point in his life king Solomon began placing his focus on earthly things like riches, property, possessions, and power. He took the things that were unimportant and tried to make them important. Every single time he found them to be meaningless and vanity. In fact, he uses this word “vanity” over 20 times in Ecclesiastes. After all of his experimentation, he finally realized what was most important, “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil” (12:13-14).
There is nothing wrong with hobbies, sports, fun, or work, but let’s keep them in the proper place. Nothing is more important than fearing and obeying the Lord. Let’s stop replacing the most important things with the unimportant things. Let’s place God as number one in our lives (Mark 12:30).