February 11th Grown Up Conversations

It’s Time to Re-evaluate Your Life.


“A rich man without God is just a poor man without money.”

“True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire.”

Luke 18:18-23 teaches us about a rich young ruler who wanted to inherit life after death. He came to Jesus and wanted to know what he needed to do. Jesus tested his faith to see how important eternal life was to him. Jesus told him to go and sell all he had and give it to the poor. Then he will have treasure in heaven and come and follow Him.

The rich man became very sorrowful because he was so wealthy. So many times, we allow the things we hold so closely to our hearts to keep us from following God.

The rich man didn’t receive eternal life because his wealth was too much to give to the poor. Sadly, he didn’t know that he couldn’t carry his riches to the grave.

What is holding us back from following God? At the end of life, we can’t take anyone or anything with us. Choose wisely.

There’s a poem that brings to reality the true meaning of life. It speaks of the value of the ‘dash’ that is between the birth date and date of our passing. The dash summarizes our entire life and how we will be remembered. It is a reminder for us to carefully live our limited time on earth intentionally leaving a legacy behind for those we love and those we hope to inspire.

Even if the banker writes a check and it’s placed in our coffin, we still can’t pay our way back to get eternal life.

The Dash By Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend.  He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears but said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash.  What matters is how we lived and loved and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change?  For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.

To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile…remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?

Thought for today: Would you believe me if I told you that our greatest need in life is the need to know God as a Father, Friend, and our secret defense? You are never poor if all you have is your relationship with God.

PRAYER TIME: Father, thank you that you gave us the free gift of eternal life. We ask you to come into our heart and forgive us for all our wrongdoings. May we live everyday conscious of the fact that our walk with you takes pre-eminence over everything else in our lives. We will not risk doing life without you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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