Things That Matter

1stqtr07 132Things worth remembering, that count, that make a difference; things that are truly 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 only smart enough to understand, we would realize much we think to be important is unimportant, and much we consider unimportant is very important. Many of us have issues with our priorities, getting things backward, upside down; and not understanding what is truly important until it is too late or until we are older. What is wrong with a better understanding now, while it matters most; rather than waiting and missing out?

How many are waiting too long and underestimating the value of their spouse, family members or close friends? How many marriages could have been saved, ill health or early death prevented or friendships saved before realizing mistakes were being 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 have taken the time or are now taking time to smell the roses? Some of us 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 the more important things off, the things we urgently need to be doing today?

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

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


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