I have a confession to make: I like to read bumper stickers. Some are funny. Some are silly. Some are revealing. Some communicate some message of the heart. But when I’m in traffic, I can’t help myself from inching up a little bit more to read the fine print. I think of them as a primitive Facebook. It’s a way of getting a quick message out to people.
A couple of my favorites are: If this sticker is getting smaller, the light is probably green. How many roads must a man travel down before he admits he is lost?
These bring up two thoughts:
- Are you stuck when you should be moving?
- Have you been traveling down to many roads of insignificance and lost your way?
Consider for a moment that you only had one day to live. What would you do with that one day? Maybe you would spend it doing something you had always wanted to do, but had never had the opportunity. Maybe you would choose to spend it with family and friends. Perhaps it would be no different than all the other days of your life.
I discover a helpful perspective when King David answered this question many years ago. He set a higher value on one day in which he could invest in great service, than one soaking in the pleasures of this world.
Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
– Psalms 84:10, New International Version
David said that if he had only one day, He would invest himself in serving. A friend of mine, who is a nurse practitioner, once shared with me that those who are content on their death bed have been content in the life experience.
How often do you feel like there’s too much to do and not enough time? So often, our lives get overloaded. Our schedules get too busy. Our budgets get overwhelmed. Again, David helps with a one sentence prayer: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom,” (Psalm 90:12).
Knowing that your time is limited, we need to remember three truths that will help you focus on what is important. (And if you will follow, apply, and practice these truths, you will have a healthier life, a happier family, and a more productive business.)
- The best use of our life is love.
- The best expression of our love is serving.
- The best time to love is now.