Go Get A Life
“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.”
Several years ago, I was reading a modern leadership journal when I read a story about a prominent businessman who was terminally ill. He permitted a young local writer to come and interview him while upon his death bed. Upon arrival, the writer was impressed by the property with a beautiful, large house and lovely cobblestone driveway. At the door the young writer was greeted and taken to the room of the businessman. When he walked into the room he saw not only the person to be interviewed, but the man’s wife, children, and grandchildren.
Excited to spend time with such a prestigious gentleman and at the same time sorrowful because of the inevitable fate waiting for such an influential person, the interview began and many questions were asked and answered, but there was one answer that left the writer stunned. The writer asked, “Are there any regrets?” The businessman replied, “I wish I had made better use of my life and time.” This was a man who had it all, a successful business, beautiful family, and a vacation home in several cities. The writer curiously asked, “What do you mean?” The gentleman said, “With all that I accomplished, I failed to spend quality time with my family and enjoy life with them because I spent every waking moment trying to build my life and keep things going.”
If we were honest with ourselves, most of us would probably share the same regret as the prominent businessman. We don’t need to have a life of luxury to know we are not making the best use of our life.
Most of us are allowing the demands of others and demands we place on ourselves to control us, all in an effort to gain a particular life only to find out at the end of the day we don’t have much of a life at all.
All help, all protection, and all blessings come from the Lord. Without the Lord all of our labor, cares and attention given to what we value would be in vain.
Question: Why do we work so hard to make a life for ourselves when the life God has for us is so much better?
Lord, give us the wisdom to value and pursue a life that allows us to rest in you, Amen.