Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. All the things you collected, whether treasure or baubles, will pass to someone else. There will be no more surprises, no minutes, hours, or days.
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, will your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.
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 live at the end. It won’t matter if you were beautiful or brilliant – your days are numbered.
So what will it 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 to others.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered, or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not how many people you know, but how many people will feel a lasting lost that you’re gone. What will matter is the charity and care with which you loved others, and have been a positive influence on their lives.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live on in those you loved. What will matter is how long you will be remembered by whom and for what.
What will matter is have you been a living and bold witness to the sovereign, living God of the universe, who created us in His image, died for our sins to set us free, and invites us to spend eternity with Him.