There is always so little time compared to the amount of work that needs to be done. Everyone wants a little piece of our time. Each of us must make decisions about what we will do and will not do with our time. I have been thinking about this a great deal lately and have come up with three vital questions about the actions I do.
1. Will this action have an immediate impact? Some decisions are easy for me to make as I can see an immediate result. Should I tell my family that I love them or that I am sorry or any host of other words? Of course I should.
2. Will this action have a long-term result? This is where it begins to get a little more tricky. Exercise might not have an impact today, but done over years it will change my health. Bible reading has little impact the moment I read it, but in the long-term it can give me perspective, hope and grace.
3. Will this action matter in eternity? This is what the Bible, and especially the teachings of Jesus, are so good at doing. It takes your life and pushes your actions up against the final judgment of God. Matthew chapter 24-25 contain much of this type of teaching. It might only seem like a cup of cold water given in Jesus name, but it can have eternal rewards. When God looks at the actions of my life will they reflect my faith?
These types of questions have helped me to decide what to do and what not to do. For example, I no longer care about my yard. I mow it so that it will look okay, but I no longer fertilize it or spray weed control. Clothes don’t matter, paint doesn’t matter, and a long list of other things we give ourselves to don’t matter either. On the flip side, even though I am an introvert, I willingly invite people into my home because it makes me a better person and builds a stronger congregation that will have an impact for eternity. These questions can help clarify our actions.
I keep asking myself these big questions so that my life will be abundant and full of meaningful things. I still have a long way to go, but its a start.