Saturday, January 17, 2009


Are you aware that every action and decision you make today contributes to your future history? If not, then begin to act and decide accordingly for future generations to remember you by. Although you may or may not become known worldwide yet the most important place of history is your family. How would your family remember you during reunions and special gatherings? Let me share a story to illustrate this point: “The children of a well-to-do family decided to give their father a book containing their family's history for a birthday present. They commissioned a professional biographer to write the book, carefully cautioning him about the family's "black sheep"--their Uncle George had been executed in the electric chair for murder, and they felt that it would be best if the biographer left Uncle George out of the book. "No need to do that," said the biographer. "I can report the situation in such a way that there will be no embarrassment to your father or to you. I'll merely write that Uncle George occupied a chair of applied electronics at an important government institution. He was attached to his position by the strongest ties, and his death came as a real shock."

How would a biographer write about your life? Would he have to disguise the truth? What do you think people might say about you after you die? Answering questions like these will help you recognize and evaluate the kind of life you're living right now. Life is too short to be wasted in frivolous things that do not quantify quality contributions to a wholesome life. One may say that life should be enjoyed to the fullest. That’s very true! But at what point of your life will you consider making serious and meaningful contribution to maximize your existence. Each individual must begin to see their purpose and fulfill it with utmost significance and unreserved devotion.

There is a time of reckoning and the Bible teaches us that when you die, there's nothing else you can do to get ready to meet God as Hebrews 9:27 states, “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” (NIV) This will be the place and time to know the significance of every action done and it won't matter what people write about you or say about you to make you look good (or look better than you actually were). An Italian proverb states, “Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.” God knows all about you, and you will be judged by him at the appointed time.

Thus, the measurement of one’s task and ability must not be compared with others. When we do, we will sure to experience frustration and disappointment. Do not even try compete with others. We have only ourselves to compete with. If you want to guarantee success, adopt godly principles to achieve what we desire to do and intend to become. God’s word is filled with instructions to guide us in accomplishing our destiny and to reach our full potential. On the other hand, the world’s principles are too selfish leaning towards self-satisfaction. Consider Jesus when He chose to follow His Father’s will; assumed human nature to become the Savior of humanity. And even after more than 2000 years He is followed by more than a billion people in the planet today. Think about this for a moment, Jesus did not even write a single book but books have been written about Him. He fully obeyed God’s will in His life and fulfilled His destiny. Somebody said, “Destiny is determined not by chances but by choices.”

Begin to evaluate your situation right now and consider your next move. Whoever you are now is an opportunity to make the choices that will last an eternity. King David of Israel was described in Acts 13:36 like this, "For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed.” (NIV) Will you serve God’s purpose in this life you have now, for this generation and the next?