A missionary’s journey… all about perspective – a few years ago at our church, we had an amazing opportunity to hear from missionaries about what they are doing in their respective corners of the earth. On Wednesday, a missionary from the country of Georgia spoke. He and his wife moved to Georgia in 2011 with a, then, 2 year old and 1 year old… to a country sandwiched in the middle east between countries experiencing tremendous turmoil right now. How much faith does THAT take??? It really makes any obstacle that I am facing seem rather small and insignificant. He gave us two challenges. The first can be found in Ephesians 6:19, “pray for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given to me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel”. And the second was this: “Live your life for what ULTIMATELY matters”.
So the big question is… What ultimately matters? Does it matter if our company meets its fiscal goals? Does it matter if we hit a “delivery” target or a “quality target”? Does it matter if we’ve provided the best quality product at the best possible price to the best possible customer? Does it really matter if I ever meet my fitness goal? Does it matter if I excel in math, or gym? Does it matter if I have a lot of friends? a lot of money? I’m not saying those things don’t matter… but we do those things in vain if we aren’t living a life that ULTIMATELY matters. What ultimately matters is that we can have an impact on PEOPLE. That we can show how Christ can love and support us… even when we feel like those around us don’t.
As I reflected those questions this week, I talked with a few of you and decided on a couple of things. First, it DOES matter that we do a good job in our daily lives – for many reasons. I believe that it shows people we are willing to work hard. Second, I believe that we develop skills in doing the things we do every day – not just the skills of doing that thing (whatever it is), but skills of relating to people, building relationships, inspiring others to do their best. The older I get, the more I realize that it is the relationships we build that make a difference in peoples’ lives. Through those relationships, we can have a positive impact on people. Through the positive impact we have on people, we can make a difference in their lives, and they can go on to make a positive difference in other people’s lives… and so on.. and so on…
These are things that ultimately matter.
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