Things That Matter

DSC_0701Things worth remembering, that count, that make a difference; things that are important

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. Goethe

If the dream is big enough the facts don’t matter. Dexter Yager

It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going. Brian Tracy

  If we were smart enough to understand, we would realize much of what we think important is unimportant, and much we consider unimportant is rather important. Many of us have problems with priorities. We get things backward and upside down, not understanding what is truly important until it may be too late or until we get older. What is wrong with understanding now, while it matters most; rather than waiting or missing out?

     How many have waited too long and underestimated the value of their spouse, family members or close friends? How many marriages could have been saved, ill health or death prevented or friendships saved before too many mistakes were made? How many have regretted not telling those they cared about, “I love you”. How many regret not having spent more time with their children or grandchildren? How many have been too married to jobs or had their priorities misaligned?  How many of us are trying to change or are now taking time to smell the roses? Some of us also get caught up in spending too much time in the past or daydreaming of the future. The time and moment for living is now, in this present moment. How many of us are missing this boat, continuing to put important things off that we most urgently need to be doing today?

    We all have unmet goals, dreams or something needing finishing to help define and complete us. These things really matter. How many of us are not getting around to it? We have unsatisfied thirsts. It does not matter what they are, what matters is the thirst that needs to be quenched. It many cases it is a matter of having our priorities out of order, out of kilter. We fail to truly understand the importance of so many things.

     In addition to thirst and hunger, there is the matter of lending a hand to those needing it. There are opportunities for us to use our skills, talents, prosperity, knowledge and wisdom to help others and in doing so help to make the world better. How much of our actual time and present efforts are really that unimportant? What can we do that is less selfish and considerably more important? How do we become a better steward of our blessings? We truly need to do better and be more aware of the things that really do matter.

Challenge: You should always be striving to learn from the past, live in the present and advancing toward a better life in the future. The time frame that is most important is always the present moment. Nothing ever gets done but in the now. A proactive attitude combined with being decisive and taking action is what gets things done. Combine these things with a keener sense of what really matters and your life will improve for the better.

Wisdom: It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions. Jim Rohn

Spiritual: (NIV)

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge. 2 Pt 1:5

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

The more we are tuned into God, the more we will become aware of what really is important as compared to things that are not so important. We will find what used to be seemingly important replaced with wanting to do things geared toward others and less toward ourselves. We will find ourselves wanting to do things that help to enrich the lives of others. We will find ourselves enriched and feeling much better about ourselves in the process.

Prayer: Help me to overcome my selfish ways and to learn to have a more loving and helpful attitude.

 

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