What do you want on your tombstone? Maybe you’ve never thought about this question before, but the subject found its way into a couple’s conversation at dinner one evening. Both the husband and wife were in their mid-40’s. As they reminisced over college memories, they were reminded of an upcoming 25-year reunion their alma mater would soon be hosting. They decided to write a letter to one of their former classmates before the event.
In the letter the couple expressed their surprise and disappointment that the upcoming reunion marked the passing of two-thirds of their lives. They stated how fortunate they would be just to complete the final third of their lives.
The couple was surprised to receive a quick response to their letter. Their former classmate replied, “Maybe you can substantiate this in terms of years, but from the standpoint of contribution potential, I’d guess that each of us has five or ten times more of his life to live than he has lived up to now.” For him, life had just begun.
Are you measuring life in terms of years, or contribution potential? If it is measured in years, your quality of life is based on a diminishing number. But if it’s measured by your contribution potential, age is no object. Your life increases in significance with each contribution you make until you take your last breath. This is a win-win situation. Wouldn’t you rather measure your life in terms of something which will increase in value? That is my desire, especially when it comes to the Lord’s work. I don’t want to confine God’s purpose for my life to a timetable I’ve created. I want Him to use me freely until He’s finished with me. That, in my opinion, is a life well-lived.
RESOLVED: To live with all might while I do live. — Jonathan Edwards
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.