Life is good, when all is going well, when we are all happy, having fun, eating and drinking, and making merry. After all, isn’t that what we all want? To be happy and contented in life, to have everything under our control. We all want and wish things will always go our way. We all hope and pray that everything will work according to plan. We plan for our future, our ideal future, how we want our lives to be. We invest and invest more to secure a better future. This is in anticipation that our future will be better and brighter than the present time. We are not doing anything wrong, in fact, we are doing what is absolutely right, we care about our and our children’s future. We are doing what normal human beings do, planning for our future, otherwise, that is what life is all about, eat drink and make merry, live a comfortable life, and be happy. But, what will really matter in the end?
This is a question we ought to be asking ourselves on a regular basis. As we do all we know how to do, rejoice, eat, drink and make merry, what will really matter in the end? Do we ever pause and ask ourselves this important question? Suppose you did all your heart desired in this life, you got all the things you ever wanted to have in this life. Now what? You educated yourself and your children, you bought yourself a home or homes, you gave your heart all that it desired. Was that really ever enough for you? Did you ever reach a point and say now that is it, I am satisfied, I don’t want anymore? Did you ever stop wanting more for yourself? Did you ever stop desiring more? Did you ever feel like what you already had was enough? Do you remember the story of the rich old fool in the Bible? (Luke 12:16-21)
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God. What does this parable teach you? what lessons can you draw from it?
What will really matter in the end? What will really matter after all is said and done is, did you live the life that God ordained for you? Did you serve the purpose that God had for you? Did you use your gifts and talents to glorify God? Did you serve the purpose of God in your generation? Did you touch others with your life in any way? What will matter is, how did you live your life? what impact did you make in your world? All that you did to satisfy your heart’s desires will not really matter. All your wisdom and intellect will not matter, all your wealth and riches will not matter, what will really matter is that you lived a life of purpose, a life that honoured God and that touched humanity. A selfless life, as opposed to a selfish life. That’s what will really matter. So now, how are you living your life? what amendments do you think you need to make? How are you living your life now and how will you ensure you focus more on what really matters? Make your life count by focusing more on the things that really matter.