Abraham lived for 175 years, and he died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and satisfying life. He breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death. - Genesis 25:7-8
As I reflected on this verse today, I began to wonder how the last sentence in the story of my life will be written. How will my life be summed up by the ones I love and leave behind?
I think too often I get stuck thinking only about the here and now - the next mile or two in the long journey of life. When I do this my perspective becomes too narrow. I get caught up in today's challenges, opportunities, and blessings and fail to remember where I want to end up at the end of my life.
When I take my eye off the finish line it effects my decisions, emotions, and actions. I'm convicted today to start each day with a reminder of what I have to look forward to, not what I am dreading, regretting, or trying to forget. The LORD is going to make all things new and on His way to doing that he gives us this beautiful promise of what is to come.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. - Revelation 21:4
As I think about the future and let the promises of the LORD soak into my soul I cannot help but be filled with a desire to live a life of purpose in the here and now. I know that if I keep an eternal perspective while at the same time engaging those I love, lead, and serve with passion and intentionality, than I will have a very satisfying life and join my ancestors in death as man filled with joy and excitement.
Father, thank you for calling us to something better - something new and beautiful, where there is no death or pain. Holy Spirit, help me to be fully engaged in the here and now - loving and leading those that you bring into my life. Jesus, teach me to focus on loving others in this life, while always longing to see the place you have prepared for us. Amen.
- How do you want to be remembered?
- What and who matter most to you in life?
- What are you doing to live and lead with purpose each day?
Make it a great day!