It’s another humid Friday.  This one has some depth and matters. I remember something I read by Michael Josephson – an influential and internationally ethicist who wrote “What Will Matter.”  “Ready or not, some day it will all 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 power will shrivel. 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 and plans. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from.  It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
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.
What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance – it is a matter of choice.”

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:40
“And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it
to one of the least of these who are members of my family,
you did it to me.”

Reflection Questions:
Who matters to you?
What do you still want to accomplish?
How are you choosing to live more Christ-like?

Prayer: Holy God, I get to choose to make a difference today.  Keep me attuned to the needs of those who are hurting and let me not pass them by. Amen.