Life is a slow-moving train
All throughout the journey screaming young ones climb on and grow.
Some young ones come in quietly and leave soon after, surrounded by grief.
We laugh and talk and mature and every now and then, the train stops so that passengers can go to their train station. Some leave with a great deal of fear, tears, and praise; others leave unnoticed, unpraised, and unmarked.
Some gather lots of stuff during the trip and consider it important.
But when they leave, the stuff is left to be gathered by others.
They may use it quickly or wisely, but it soon withers away
Whatever we may accomplish during this trip; all our to-do lists, goals, plans, purposes, skills, and accomplishments must remain on the train when we get off to our destination. We may give little thought to our destination but as time goes on, more and more of our fellow travelers are leaving unsure of their destination. The train stops are constant but where we go after leaving the train station remains a mystery to many on the journey.
People like to share their version of the purpose of the train ride, but most do not seem to care until it is close to their station to get off. Sometimes that departure time is quick while other times it lingers, but for sure we are leaving.
Some believe that this is a journey to God and that He will give a reward after you leave the train station. Others create their own ideas that calm them while they travel. However, we must remember one and only one thing; only what you do for Christ will last (Colossians 3:23-24)
New Living Translation
23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.