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Funerals and Focus

January 25, 2022

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak at a funeral and celebrate the life of a gentleman from our church who loved God, loved his family, and loved his country.

Over the next couple of weeks, there will be a couple more funerals for folks from our church.

I’m reminded that

When you gather at a funeral, no one really cares about someone’s income; they focus on the impact that individual had. And if that’s what’s going to matter most at the end of our lives, shouldn’t we be focusing on it now?
If a funeral reminds us to focus, I want to focus on the things that matter most. This week I’ll have the opportunity to leverage my gifts to speak at a business conference, where I’ll challenge leaders to shift their perspective and live up to their God-given potential. This year, ADDO will launch programs in over a thousand schools that will touch the lives of students across the country. And in the evening, I will come home to invest in my family—my wife Laura, our son George, and my daughter Amelia.

I know there will be parts of my life that I’ll drudgingly have to get through, but I want to spend as much time as possible on activities that will matter when I’ve passed away.

Here’s a question that each of us should ask ourselves: What am I doing today that will outlive my life?

It’s probably not the emails in my inbox that need responding to, the bills I must pay, or the countless other things that I spent some time this week agonizing over. Of course, I must do those things, but they aren’t the most important part of what I will do.

At the beginning of the movie Gladiator, Maximus leads his men into battle with this charge:

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.”

It’s not that your business doesn’t matter, but time with your kids matters more.

It’s not that your bottom line doesn’t matter but, investing in the lives of your team matters more.

It’s not that your to-do list isn’t filled with important tasks but making the time to sit with a friend really does matter more.

What are you doing today that will echo in eternity?

Will our actions today make the kind of impact that will outlive us?

I sure hope so.


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