Friday, March 2, 2012

Does your life really matter?

The year is 1907. Blount County, TN has just erected a beautiful new courthouse. I'm sure there was a big ribbon cutting ceremony and everyone was wearing the finest suits. Esteemed individuals have their names etched in stone on the building and I can hear the whispers of people at the time saying, I know Will McTeer, he was on the building committee for the new courthouse!

Fast forward 100 years later. That is now known as the "old courthouse" and people pass that name engraved stone every day when they go to renew a business license or pay taxes and pay no attention to it. Most people don't know, or care about who built the courthouse.

It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life, but are we making a difference where it really matters?  There is nothing wrong with accolades, but if that is all your life is comprised of, I would suggest that it does not really matter.We all have the ability to make a difference even by doing something as simple as volunteering at your local church, or the soup kitchen. We live in a world where 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the volunteer work. I believe some people are selfish and don't care, and others have become discouraged and don't believe what they could do matters.

Matthew 6:20 says to store up treasures for heaven, but how many of us are guilty of doing just the opposite? It's real easy to do, worrying about right now, instead of eternity. I know I have been guilty!

Ecclesiastes 1:11 NLT
We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.

One day, we will all find out if our life really mattered. God isn't going to care if you graduated from college, how much money you made, or if you had a vacation home. There isn't anything wrong with those things, but if that is all you have to show for in your life, I would encourage you to do something for someone other than yourself or your family.

Use your life to make a difference in someone else's life. That is what really matters!

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