What is Really Important?

In the hustle and bustle of 21st century living, it is hard to know what is important and what is not.  After all, there are children to raise, bills to pay, careers to pursue, marriages, school, health issues, and a myriad of other things that keep us plenty busy.

And then there is the mystery of death.  Which, when we take the time to contemplate defies all descriptions and goes against everything we think we understand.  Oh, for sure, we understand some things about death, but for the most part it remains a mystery.  The only thing for certain we can say is that we shall all one day face this dramatic event.

Contemplation of one’s own  mortality is to some such a sad and disturbing thought, they simply refuse to acknowledge it, as if by ignoring it it will somehow go away.  But, it does give one pause to reflect on what is most important.  When facing death, most people take stock of their lives and try to put things in perspective.

Maybe the author of Ecclesiastes (some believe Solomon wrote this book) had this in mind when he penned the following:

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Seems simple enough.  Of course, we might ask ‘what commandments’?  Anticipating our question Jesus summed up the commandments of God into two thoughts:

  1. Love God
  2. Love your neighbor

Upon these two thoughts all of Christianity can be explained.  So, in the hustle and bustle of working our jobs, earning money, paying bills, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and the thousands of other things we do, we shouldn’t forget the main thing.  After all, when we are gone, no one may remember what we said, or what we did, or the tasks we completed.  Chances are good, they will remember the small things, the small acts of kindness, the smile, and all the other ‘little’ things.

In this mystery we call life, every person is important.  Every soul is worth fighting for.  There are no unimportant lives.

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One Response to “What is Really Important?”

  1. beamcguire@gmail.com Says:

    No truer words ever spoken than in this blog! Sometimes we do need to take a “time out” and refocus on what it truly important in life. It is the little things! Blessings…..

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