Make it Count
by: Ellene Meece
"Make it count," is a phrase we often use in relation to our everyday priorities and choices. Will taking the time to attend my child's baseball game count in my role as a committed parent? Does collecting food for the local food bank make a difference? If I give extra time to an assigned task at work without praise or recognition, will it count toward a positive evaluation?
Albert Einstein once said, "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
When creating our task lists and making daily decisions on how to spend our time, money and influence, it seems most of it is spent calculating whether our actions will be measured on the "Richter scale" of life. Will my deeds send measurable waves to register on a visible scale that in turn provides accolades? If I give this money, will people know that I'm generous? If I come in early to finish a project, will my boss realize I'm committed? If I prepare a special meal, will my husband take note of all I do to manage the home?
Colossians 3:23 offers this measuring device, "Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily, as something done for the Lord and not for men."
Responding to life with an open heart and willingness to serve others counts, and it counts for eternity! Consequently, a good practice would be to make priority decisions daily, based on counting in the Kingdom of God, rather than the notice of men.
A question we often pose in this household is, "In the light of eternity, what does it matter?" Or as one humorous Maxine quote says (that's positioned on top of a friend's daily to-do-pad), "In a hundred years this won't matter. It barely matters now."
Living life with an eye on eternal value is the only way to make anything count. Make it count.
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