When life on earth is ending, people don’t surround themselves with objects. When people stand on the edge of eternity (death), I have never heard anyone say, “Bring me my diplomas/degrees! I want to look at them one more time.
Show me my awards, my medals, that gold watch I was given.” They want around them people – people they love and have relationships with. In their final moments they realize that relationships are what life is all about.
It is important to know this truth sooner rather than later. Don’t wait until you are on your deathbed to figure out that nothing matters more than love. Love leaves a legacy.
How you treated other people – not your wealth or your accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on earth. As someone once said, “It’s really not what you do, but how much love you put into it that matters.”
After learning to love God, learning to love others is the second most important purpose for your life. Those are the relationships I’m talking about. Relationships, not achievements or the acquisition of things, are what matters most in life.
Business is a great enemy of relationships.
What’s most important to God is displaced by what’s urgent.
We become preoccupied with making a living, doing our work, paying bills and accomplishing goals – as if these tasks are the point of life. They are not!
The point of life is learning to love – God and people. Often we act as if relationships are something to be squeezed into our schedule. That gives the impression that relationships are just a part of our lives along with many other tasks.
But God says relationships are what life is all about.
The LORD Jesus summarized all the Ten Commandments in this way, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is equally important, ‘You must love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the other commands and demands from scriptures are based on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40
Paul is more specific, “No matter what I say, what I believe and what I do – but without love, I am nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:3