Thursday morning I put my youngest daughter on an airplane to begin her 5 months on mission. There must have been something wrong with the air quality at the airport because for some odd reason my eyes kept watering. Yesterday evening when I pulled into the driveway it hit me again. That lump-in-your-throat sadness one feels when we release something/someone we love.
It’s funny though when you think about it. We spend most of our live investing in things that we will all one day have to release.
One day you will turn in the keys to that job you spent decades investing in.
One day you will have to say goodbye to loved ones you thought you had more time with.
One day you’ll struggle to fill your schedule with things to do.
One day your kids will pack up every belonging in your home and get rid of them. (Yes, those valuable nick-knacks you were so proud of will probably be sold at a garage sale for a quarter! (Why do you think we watch Antique Roadshow?)
One day you will look back on your life and ask yourself some very scary questions.
- Did I live a life of value?
- Did I fill my schedule with the right things?
- Did I invest my heart, soul and years in stuff that will have no real meaning when I’m dead and gone.
““Don’t store up treasures here on earth…Store your treasures in heaven…Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:19–21, NLT)
Jesus is saying, invest your life in what will outlast you. Order your schedule, your money and your priorities in things you will never have to release.
May I humbly suggest that you live a life of layaway instead of a life of regret someday.