A Billionaire’s Scaling Problem


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(An excerpt from the archives)

I often write about the brevity of life on this blog, and sometimes I feel like the voice of one crying in the wilderness — of the internet.

What can I say to persuade you? Your time is short. My time is short. Today I read about a 35-year-old gamer and father of three who died 22 hours into a marathon live stream. So far they don’t know why. (USA Today)

Life is fragile. It will be over sooner than you think. And then there’s infinitude.

The day my dad died I heard about a billionaire venture capitalist who was in a meeting shouting at the people in the room because he’s afraid he’ll get Alzheimer’s: I’m 48 years old. We need to cure Alzheimer’s, he said. I’ll give a billion dollars to any company who can tell me they’ll find a cure. (I’m paraphrasing here. I didn’t get a quote from the person who told me about it.)

But the point is, the 48 year old billionaire can’t seem to convince them how short the time is.

Sometimes I feel like that guy, except for one important difference.

My friend who told me about the billionaire venture capitalist made a statement that I found to be very insightful. He said, “That guy has a scaling problem.” Because even if his billion dollars results in a company that becomes really great at curing Alzheimer’s, it only scales until some other vital part of the body fails. And at that point, he still has eternity to deal with. His time without Alzheimer’s here on earth is minuscule by comparison.

The solution to the problem of Alzheimer’s might be found by that billionaire venture capitalist. But as great a discovery as that might be, there’s still death and then eternity. And the solution to the problem of eternity is found in the eternal Son of God.

“You don’t know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes,” we’re told in the book of James. One day everything is normal. But then in a brief moment it’s over. (James 4:14)

I hope and pray none of us will find ourselves in the category of the rich man from Luke 12:16-21.

“This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be? So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21)

Your time is your treasure. Use whatever time you have left to be rich toward God. Use whatever time you have left to turn your attention to Jesus and his words.

Do whatever you can to follow his words.

Nothing’s more important.

The solution to the problem of eternity is found in the eternal Son of God.

Surrender your life to him, before it’s too late.

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”

–Jesus Christ, Mark 8:36

Available on AmazonLove Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus) Love Like Jesus begins with the story of how after a life of regular church attendance and Bible study, Bennett was challenged by a pastor to study Jesus. That led to an obsessive seven year deep dive. After pouring over Jesus’ every interaction with another human being, he realized he was doing a much better job of studying Jesus’ words than he was following Jesus’ words and example. The honest and fearless revelations of Bennett’s own moral failures affirm he wrote this book for himself as much as for others. Love Like Jesus examines a variety of stories, examples, and research, including:

  • Specific examples of how Jesus communicated God’s love to others.
  • How Jesus demonstrated all five of Gary Chapman’s love languages (and how you can too).
  • The story of how Billy Graham extended Christ’s extraordinary love and grace toward a man who misrepresented Jesus to millions.
  • How to respond to critics the way Jesus did.
  • How to love unlovable people the way Jesus did.
  • How to survive a life of loving like Jesus (or how not to become a Christian doormat).
  • How Jesus didn’t love everyone the same (and why you shouldn’t either).
  • How Jesus guarded his heart by taking care of himself–he even napped–and why you should do the same.
  • How Jesus loved his betrayer Judas, even to the very end.

With genuine unfiltered honesty, Love Like Jesus, shows you how to live a life according to God’s definition of success: A life of loving God well, and loving the people around you well too. A life of loving like Jesus. (Kindlehardcover, and paperback now available on Amazon.)

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