Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | October 10, 2017

Unpacking What Really Matters

He (Job) said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be stripped of everything when I die…” Job 1:21 (NLT)

The life of Job provides us with an encouraging example of bravery in the midst of unbelievable adversity. Job in one day’s time went from prosperous to poor, from father to childless and from health to sick. Through it all Job never asked God “why,” he doesn’t blame God, he doesn’t curse God and he doesn’t doubt God. He actually praises God (vs.21).

Job realized we all come into this world with nothing, and we all are leaving with nothing. So, what really matters in life? Can our family, friends, neighbors and work associates say we have our priorities in the right order? Are our lifestyles keeping us at the office too long and too late? Are we missing family events, absent from the dinner table or traveling all the time? I doubt we’ll ever hear a person on their deathbed say, “I wish I had worked more.” But more importantly, I hope we never hear, “I wished I had spent more time with my spouse, children and grandkids.” Job understood being the wealthiest corpse in the cemetery doesn’t matter…everyone is still dead and takes nothing with them.

Fast forward thousands of years, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple said, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Where our hearts are is where we’ll find what we treasure most and what matters most…loved ones, friends and people. May we leave a legacy devoted to God, family and pointing a lost and dying world to Jesus. If we want to know how we impact our families and friends, we can’t ask ourselves, but ask those impacted by our lives. May our presence in people’s lives be more valuable and enjoyable than our resources and assets.

“Father, may our legacies long outlive our physical lives with fond memories bringing tears to eyes, smiles to faces and joy to the hearts of family and friends. I hope our lives will be an example to the lost and hurting…modeling the unconditional love and grace You have shown us our whole earthly lives.”

For His Glory

Kim Lacey Schock (www.KimLaceySchock.com)
TRBC Women’s Life

 

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