What is a life that matters? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 September 2015 14:27



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… There is an evil I have seen under the sun, the sort of error that arises from a ruler: Fools are put in many high positions…” (Ecclesiastes 10:5-6, the Holy Bible).

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LIVE A LIFE THAT MATTERS: Sometime in the distant past, I received an email from one Mary Ann San Mateo, a Filipina who has been in the United States, exhorting everyone to live a life that matters. I was awed by the message in that email, and I am sharing it with you today.

Here is the email: “Live A Life That Matters— Ready or not, someday it will come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

“It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

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CHOOSE A LIFE THAT MATTERS: “The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.

“Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant. So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.

“What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

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WHAT IS A LIFE THAT MATTERS? “What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What is important is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone. What will matter are not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.

“What will matter is how long you will be remembered by whom and for what. Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters…”

Yes, and so I ask: what is a life that matters? I can think of only two things that can make life a life that matters: loving the Lord our God and Savior with all our heart, with all mind, with all our strength, and loving our fellowmen as we love ourselves. Do we have these kinds of love?

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way), a Bible study and prayer session on radio, airs Mondays to Fridays, 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at DWAD 1098 kHz on the AM band. For replays, go to www.facebook.com/angtangingdaan or www.facebook.com/ANDKNK and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.