Living Eternally in the Moment

May 7, 2011
Westmont College Commencement

Dallas calls the 2011 graduating class at Westmont College to live eternally. He explains that eternal life is here now, and we want to turn our eyes away from the visible landscape to the invisible. No matter where life may lead us, God is with us and He invites us to act with Him. 

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Living Eternally in the Moment

Dallas invites graduates to embrace  "living eternally in the moment." He challenges the traditional understanding of eternal life, urging listeners to see it as a present reality, interwoven with God’s work in everyday actions. Dallas emphasizes the importance of building one’s life on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ, navigating the visible and invisible landscapes of life, and embracing a spiritual journey that transcends ordinary experiences. With a powerful call to recognize one’s eternal destiny in God's universe, Dallas’s address is a compelling exploration of spirituality and identity that encourages graduates to lead lives of deep purpose and presence.

Living Eternally in the Moment

Highlights:

  • Living Eternally in the Moment: Dallas begins his address by challenging the traditional notion of eternal life as something that begins after death, proposing instead that "eternal life is now; it is eternal living." He encourages the graduates to engage in each moment with the consciousness that their lives are intertwined with God's ongoing work, thereby making their everyday actions eternal.
  • Building on a Solid Foundation: He reminds the graduates of the importance of building their lives on the foundation of Jesus Christ, likened to constructing with durable materials like gold and precious stones, rather than perishable wood and straw. Dallas underscores the enduring nature of such a foundation, which will withstand the ultimate test when exposed to God's presence.
  • Navigating the Visible and Invisible Landscapes: Dallas discusses the dual realities we live in—the visible world we see and the invisible spiritual realm. He emphasizes the significance of acknowledging the invisible landscape, where God's presence offers a perspective that transcends our immediate circumstances and challenges, urging the graduates to live with a consciousness of God's omnipresence.
  • Spiritual Journey and Identity: Towards the end of his address, Dallas focuses on the spiritual journey, urging the graduates to guard their hearts and embrace their identity as "unceasing spiritual beings with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe." He stresses that this understanding should shape their actions and interactions, no matter where life takes them.