Though I don’t agree with the theological views of the author, a book that has impacted my life is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
All truth is God’s truth, and Stephen Covey has discovered some excellent truths.
Of the seven habits that Covey writes about in his book, the one that resonates most strongly with me is “Begin with the end in mind”.
In other words, in your journey through life, know where you want to end up.
It’s a simple, yet profound truth.
And yet it’s a truth that few fully incorporate into their lives.
The vast majority of us can greatly benefit from gaining greater clarity on what we want our lives to look like when we come to the inevitable end.
To the extent we lack clarity of purpose and goal, we are existing…not living.
Covey suggests envisioning your future funeral and imagining what you want your family and friends to say about you as an exercise to help set your life goal.
I would suggest something different.
I would suggest envisioning the day you will be standing before the Lord at His judgment seat, and reflecting on what it would take to hear the words “Well done my good and faithful servant”.
That will give you greater clarity on how to live your life.
Our appearance before the judgment seat of Christ is inevitable for every follower of Jesus…but we need not be fearful.
We can gain a clear understanding of what the Lord desires of us so that we will be able to stand before Him in confidence when that day arrives.
We gain that understanding through the indwelling Holy Spirit…sent to us by Jesus. Sent to enable us to know His will.
Our responsibility is to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
That requires giving up our own will… and it requires seeking His will.
If we do that, we will hear those wonderful words.
In today’s vernacular, it’s keeping the main thing…the main thing.
Prayer: Lord, remind me of the importance of following Your Spirit throughout today.