My dad and I used to work late together, before he passed away. We used to say that during tax season, they would find us slumped over at our desks, dead. When that happened, people might say, “That stinks. He was a good ole boy. I wonder who’s going to do my taxes now.”
Wow! Isn’t that sobering?
I want to matter. And so do you. We all want to make a difference!
The thought of having someone react like that when I die is why I now live my life and run my practice the way I do. I don’t want that to happen when I die.
Andy Stanley, the senior pastor at North Point Community Church, put it well.
“Our fear of not mattering much has the potential to draw us away from what matters most.”
Aren’t most of us guilty of that?
As a business and personal coach, I’ve discovered that when I’m participating in ongoing education, it adds skills that I can use to better minister to people.
Learning those skills, helping others, and even just talking through things with others all helps me get focus in my life that I wouldn’t have otherwise. It gives me the ability to recognize what matters most.
Who’s going to do your taxes doesn’t ultimately matter. If I die, you being invested in my life is what matters.
I’ve jokingly said that when I die, I want people to be so distraught that they’re ripping their clothes, wearing sack-cloth and ash like Bible times. I want to matter!
If we live our lives in service, constantly being a servant, we will truly matter to others.