The Rope Illustration by Francis Chan

Happy Saturday!

Recently I saw Pastor Francis Chan use such a great illustration which showed the timeline for our existence both on earth and in eternity. The points he shared were such gold I thought I had to share for those who haven’t seen it.

A very small part of the rope is coloured red – representing the length of our life here on earth. The rest of the rope was white – which was our existence for eternity which goes across the stage.

The illustration reminded me how the choices we make here on earth, what we do within that red part, will effect the rest of that rope. It’s so easy to worry only about the little red part, which can steer us from seeing the full perspective of eternity. Chan made the point that there are so many of us only living and focusing for the little red part that it consumes us.

Psalm 49 was a chapter I read and reflected on after watching this illustration. We can get so caught up with gaining things from the world, that we forget about the (much) bigger picture.  Psalm 49 explains that people even with all the wealth and riches of the world can’t take that with them “for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendour will not descend with them” (Psalm 49:17) as blunt as it seems that’s where material and worldly things get left behind.

If you haven’t already, I highly suggest watching the video. Got so much food for thought and hope that you do too!


Chloe x

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  1. This is such a good way to explain it! I’ve been thinking on this subject a lot recently so was great to come across this. thanks for sharing!

    • Hey Hannah! It’s a great illustration indeed! Thanks for your comment 🙂

    • Hi Jocelyne
      Thanks for your comment 🙂 this got me thinking for a good while also!

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