Over one third of my expected life is now history. I don’t want to waste my life. I want to do life on purpose. With a holy, ultimate goal keeping me on target for the finish line.
Jim Elliot was famous for saying:
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:34-36 ESV)
It’s a new year. And, for me, this is the best time to revisit why I’m on earth, what I allow on my calendar, which relationships are worth fighting for, and what plans I should (loosely) make for the future.
One more quote always floats around in my head. I don’t have any tattoos, and I probably won’t ever get one (unless my twin gets a matching one), but this is a good reminder to engrave on my heart:
“Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” (C. T. Studd)