One of my favorite passages is Isaiah 40: 8:
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:
but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
We are all temporary, on this earth fro only a limited time. We have received the baton of life from the hands of previous generations and we pass it on to the hands of generations to follow. John the Baptist understood this as he pointed to the Messiah to come. We, too, need to understand this as we point away from ourselves to the God who “shall stand for ever”.
True, we need to do our part when we securely grasp the baton as faithful people of God with always an awareness that we are part of the greatest relay of life, we are part of the ministry of God that extends to all creation for ever.