Monday, August 16, 2010

You focused on what will last?

Am I focused on what is going to last?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you know I love to ask questions to get you thinking…  Here is one that I have been asking myself for a few months now.  Am I focused on what is going to last?

It’s often said you can tell where a person’s priorities are by where they spend their time and money!  A couple people were at a funeral of a very rich acquaintance, as they looked at their friend in the casket one said “It’s a shame, he had so much to live for” the other turned and said “No, he had so much to live on, but he had nothing to live for…”

What “defines” my life?  If I were to die right now today, what would be said about me at my funeral?  What would my family and children say about the way I spent my life? 

I know when I start to ask myself questions like this I squirm a little.  I wonder if the things that I work so hard on are really the “right” things.  Are they the things that matter?  Will they last?  

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  2 Corinthians 4:16 – 18 (NIV)  I love the encouragement in this verse!  The trick is to keep your eyes fixed on what is going to last, and to spend our efforts building up those things.  

If your like me, it’s so easy to get caught in the “rat race” of everyday American life, the trap of a “little bit more”, but it’s so important to NOT let that happen.  

“They” are counting on you!  Your children, spouse, co-workers, even the friend you haven’t met yet…  20 years from now will that raise you are working for actually matter?  Will getting that new car have made a difference.  That “bigger” house or apartment is nice, but what will it have actually done for you and your family?  

I bet though if you spent more time focused on things that “last”, like the health of your marriage, relationships with your children, or witnessing to your coworker.  That after 20 years you will NOT regret it.  Have you ever heard someone say “I sure wish my dad or mom spent less time with me, and more time working so we could have a bigger house”
It’s not that big houses and nice cars are bad, in fact they can be great blessings!  It’s diverting the “focus” from things that will “last”, to things that will “not last” that we need to be cautious of.  It’s not easy, in fact, it’s one of the most difficult things to do.  

I challenge you to ask yourself if what you spent your time, money, and effort on in the last 6 months was what what you want to be “remembered” by, if not, today is a new day! 

Let’s refocus!!!

-Christopher Behnke
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1 comment:

  1. Oh it's so hard to keep what's really important on the top of your list!! GREAT post, thanks Chris!