“I may, I suppose, regard myself as a relatively successful man. People occasionally stare at me in the streets, that’s fame; I can fairly easily earn enough money to qualify for admission to the higher slopes of the Internal Revenue Service. That’s success. Furnished with money and a little fame…[I] may partake of friendly diversions. That’s pleasure. It might even happen…that something I said or wrote was sufficiently heeded for me to persuade myself that it represented a serious impact on our time. That’s fulfillment…
“I beg you to believe me, multiply these tiny triumphs by millions…and they are nothing, less than nothing.” So wrote the highly visible and “successful” Malcolm Muggeridge. +
- L. Mencken sardonically stated, “The problem with life is not that it’s a tragedy, but that it’s a bore.”
King Solomon echoes Mencken’s cynicism in declaring, “For what does a man get for all his toil and for all his heart’s striving with which he wearies himself…For all his days are full of pain and his task vexations…even at night his mind has no rest. This also is emptiness.” (Ecc. 2:22, 23 – Berkeley Translation)
We too may have fame, success, pleasure…perhaps even a measure of fulfillment. But the question we must ask of ourselves is, “From God’s perspective, am I living a life of true significance”?
The following questions may prove helpful in assessing that penetrating inquiry:++
#1 What is my unique role in God’s greater plan? (Rom. 12:3-6a; I Cor. 12:1-4)
#2 What eternal legacy will I leave behind? (1 Cor. 3:10-15; 2 Pet. 3:10-14)
#3 What will it take for me to finish well? (I Cor. 9:24-27; 15:58; Phil. 3:17-19)
#4 How can I leverage my life for maximum contribution to my fellow man and for the Kingdom of God? (Prov. 4:18; Matt. 5:14-30)
#5 Am I clear in knowing how to get from where I am to where I want to go in life? (Prov. 17:24; Eph. 5:14 -17)
“Only one life will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.
My prayer is that you are having a great week!