“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
James 4:14, NIV
In other words, life is brief and so unpredictable. It bounces more like a football than a basketball. So the question we ought to ask ourselves from time to time is, “If I am taken prematurely, how would others remember me? What kind of trail of influence am I leaving spiritually?” Sociologists tell us that even the most introverted person will influence 10,000 other people during his or her lifetime. That is amazing! What potential for influence we have!
But how can we have the maximum influence with our one and only life? We continually clarify what is important. We need to decide what our priorities are and how much time we will spend on them. If we do not, someone else will. If we do not get the important eternal things on our calendar, urgent things will always push the important things aside.
Mark Littleton said, “Are all the activities that scream for my time really essential? Am I missing the burning bush for trying to keep the lawn cut?” Too often, our best energies are consumed at work. Little is left when we get home. It might be a good idea for us to place a motto on our desks: “Save some for home.”
The Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 5:17 “Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do.” (NLT) We do that by asking the question: will this matter 100 years from now? That simplifies things.
Determine what will matter and then do it today. I love what San Francisco 49ers Coach Steve Mariucci said: “I never wear a watch because I always know it is now.” Clarify what will last and then do it now!
QUESTION: What will matter 100 years from now? Am I living my life that way? How can I orient my life around what is important?