By Shirley WigginsMost things in life “matter,” some more than others.
A few things, perhaps, matter not at all.The key is knowing which things are which:
Major Matters, Minor Matters, Life-or-Death Matters.Some things mattered yesterday, but not today, unless you are reliving that thing today.
Regret is an example of reliving experiences that you still wish today you’d made a better choice of yesterday.Choices. Life is made up of a matter of choices.
Consequences are those things that happen as a result of specific choices.How do we learn to live intentionally by considering the end from the beginning; rather than just mindlessly living from our beginning – without thought or plan or goal, until we reach the end?
Is it possible to live “in retrospect” : to live today “in considering the past, or a past event”, with a forward looking eye toward eliminating as many of the regrets of tomorrow as we can by the choices we make today?Reflective living… are there any benefits to be gained from our consideration of the future by reflecting upon the past?
Surveying the past can result in making better choices in the present which just might ensure some of our tomorrows might not be lived out in the shadows of regret.Most of us have the luxury of review but preview is another matter altogether.
Planning surely matters. A plan provides a path forward, and an opportunity to chart a course for a desired destiny.Destiny matters. A pre-determined action plan has a far better possibility of bringing us to an unregrettable end.
How few of us consider our destiny when we are in our earliest starting-out place in our invigorating youth, and how few of us had mentors or parents who pressed the matter with us until we could grasp it!All endings had a beginning, and all beginnings advance toward their conclusion. Final endings matter, more, perhaps, than their beginnings.
Alpha – and Omega.In reality, all life things probably matter much more than we have stopped to think about.
Therefore, it seems absolutely imperative that the sooner people learn how to consider life in the context of its future and think about the matters which matter, the better.
Life is a beautiful gift. Some lives may reach their end before they were fully lived. What a tragic waste! Like having a million dollars at your disposal and yet living in poverty!Life lived with purpose matters so much. Purpose-filled lives are satisfying and profitable. All lives have purpose, but not all people pursue the point of life seriously.
Just for starters, some of us fervently believe that life is a never-ending thing – in its spiritual state. Physical life comes with a date of birth and a date of death, and then spiritual life begins.If spiritual life has no ending, it just goes on and on and on – forever – in one of only two destinations: Heaven – or hell.
The grave is not the final destination of humans. No matter what you believe, would you pause to consider the full implications to your life, if the grave is only a temporary state, as many have now come to realize?If that is true, then destiny matters and truth matters most of all!
Who can know the Truth? Those who will search for it as though it is all that truly matters may know for sure what is the truth.Be encouraged to discover THE TRUTH THAT MATTERS MOST OF ALL!
Pursue, along with many millions of people, the Knowledge of the Living God of the Holy Bible.In the end, He is all that truly matters for all of life hinges on the Truth of Who He is, and how He may be approached in One Way only – through His Son, Jesus Christ.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” John 14: 6 (NIV.)