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Monday, June 11, 2012 @ 2:39:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell -

Too often, we become so consumed by the details of life that we fail to take time to step back, reflect, and ensure that we’re on the right path. In graduate school, I interviewed a series of successful senior executives, asking them each the following question: "If you had your life to live over again, what would you do differently?" Not one of them wished they had spent more hours at work. Instead, they regretted not making more time for family or for personal pursuits that would have filled them with life. In short, all of their accomplishments had either not been worth the effort, or the price had, in the end, been too high.

Joseph M. Stowell, in his book Simply Jesus and You: Experience His Presence & His Purpose, makes a powerful point that continues to grip me:

"As much as I would rather not think about it, the day is coming when I’ll be sitting in the corner of some nursing home waiting for them to ring the lunch bell. And if life up to that point has been all about me, that is going to be a sad and empty day—no matter what they’re serving for lunch. Why? Because all I will have will be me. Which at that point won’t be much" (34).

"But...If my life has been about knowing Jesus and experiencing a deepening relationship with Him, as I sit in that corner of the nursing home waiting for the lunch bell to ring, He’ll be there with me. And He’ll be more wonderful on that day than ever before. His presence will be my companion. He’ll talk with me, and I won’t have any trouble hearing Him when He tells me that I am His own. He’ll say, 'Well, Joe, you’re almost home.' And I’ll say, 'Lord, the sooner the better. I’ve heard your voice through all these years, and now I can’t wait to see Your face"(34).

The Courtyard at Little Chico Creek is an assisted living facility that The Hignell Companies built and continue to manage. Years ago, I sat with one of our residents, a 96-year-old woman from Norway who had traveled and lived around the world. I will never forget what she told me about her current stage of life: "The difficult thing about life is that all my dreams and goals are behind me. Looking towards the remainder of my life, I don’t have anything to look forward to." How sad! This will eventually be true for all of us unless the focus of our lives has been about knowing Jesus and experiencing a deepening relationship with Him.

In closing, I’ll pose a question: Are you making time to ensure that you’re on the right path, the path towards a life focused on Jesus?

 

Comments
Doug Good post. Thanks. Where and what we do today will determine where and what we do tomorrow. If I do it my way I am likely to get it wrong...experience shows me that again and again. If I walk in the Way then I walk in right purpose to the right destination. Finding my focus means watching my next step. Warmly, Martin Klopper
Martin Klopper @ 6:20:00 PM 6/14/2012

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