Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6.
While reading the daily devotions from “Men of Integrity,” I came across an interesting question, “If you did nothing else and you died tomorrow, what’s the one thing you want to be sure you’ve accomplished?” Right away your mind starts to think about the things you have wanted to do, but haven’t had time for yet. To be sure, there are many things that are competing to be in the number one position. But, if you had room for only one, what would it be?
Everyone has a “bucket list,” things you have dreamed you would like to do, but because of time or money you can’t or probably won’t be able to do. When Linda and I went to Washington D.C. several years ago, we were able to take a tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts because a college friend and her husband worked with the symphony that performed there. I actually was able to sing When Irish Eyes are Smiling from the main stage. There was no one in the audience of course, but I could cross that off my bucket list by singing there.
Also, when we took our annual trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to help pack shoe boxes, our group drove on the Charlotte race track to view Christmas lights that were set up around and through the race track. I was able to check that off my bucket list, because I had driven on a NASCAR track, even though I was only driving five miles an hour. Actually, I never really had a bucket list, but I figured if I had one those are some of the things I would want on it.
But, when you think about the original question above, and the answer we put there, it reveals those priorities that reflect our true desire. Not who we think we are, but who we truly are. Are we teaching our children or grandchildren those priorities?
So what is the right answer you might ask? I think it depends on the individual and where they stand with the Lord. Hopefully, if I know someone in my “sphere of influence” who doesn’t have a relationship with Jesus, that should be a priority in my life, especially if my time on earth is short. If what we have answered in the above question doesn’t measure up to what God expects of his disciples, then he will work through our well-targeted priorities to turn us into that person who we are actually becoming. I will have to “empty my bucket” and start over. And, in the meantime, I’ll try to be like Paul; I will continue to “press on” to the high calling of Jesus. Praise his name!
Next men’s breakfast:
Saturday | September 16th | 8 a.m.
Ma Maw’s Diner in Baltimore