“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” – Steve Jobs
I don’t know about you but a quote talking about “what matters” gets me thinking. Steve Jobs’ comment is one of those. How do we know what matters … and what matters most? Is it the same for me and for you? How do we know? I mean, heck, if I’m going to think about doing what matters, I want to do what matters most! Don’t you?
I have to admit that I have been through seasons where I was just going through the motions rather than living life like it was the one life I was created for. Going through the motions can sneak up on you. Even now, if I’m not careful, my days can quickly fill up with so much useless “activity” that, at the end of the day, I feel like I ran a marathon but on a treadmill; I put in all the work without getting anywhere.
“Is life choosing you or are you choosing life?”
Have you ever had days like that? Be honest with yourself. Is life choosing you or are you choosing life? What I mean is has your frenzied life taken over your daily schedule or are you dictating how you spend your days?
Don’t get me wrong, not all of our daily activities fit nicely into that “what matters most” box (think laundry, dishes, oil changes, and the like). There will always be chores but we can become so busy “doing” that we forget the joy in simply “being.”
“But I’m so busy”, you say. I know. Most of us are. So start with today. What’s on your calendar today that matters? Anything? If not, you can replace it with something important you’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Consider visiting your parents, getting some quiet time in, calling that friend in need, or writing that thank you note. I bet you have a long list of things that really matter that you’ve been wanting to get to.
Starting today is the best way to start. But I hope you don’t stop there. I hope one of the things you take time for is exploring your ambitions, dreams, passions, and God-given life purpose. Take a longer view of your life course. Is all of today’s “activity” making life better for you, your career, your family, your community, the world?
Think differently about how you do life each day. What if you evaluated each activity and challenged just how important it is versus many of the other things you could be doing? You have the ability to ask God what it is He made you for, dream how to make that happen, and begin leading a life in such a way that you can go to bed each night and say I’ve “done something wonderful.”
Why not start today? And, tomorrow, drop me a note letting me know what you took off your calendar and what you replaced it with that really matters. Then, enjoy your day more than you planned to.
Blessings on your continuing journey,
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