“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
“Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
What if I knew how my life would end? What if I knew all the good and bad that awaited me? More precisely, what if I knew there was something very good awaiting me, a wonderful destiny, would it change the way I live now? What if I could determine at least some of the future good by what I do now? What if everything I have been searching and waiting for has also been searching and waiting for me, too? What if there were huge blessings awaiting me? Would I do things differently? Would I be prepared for them? Would I deserve them? Would I be able to hold on to them?
There are stories of people who have won millions of dollars in the lottery only to lose it within ten years or fewer. Would I be one of those people? Would I lose all the blessings I’ve been given? Would I squander them? I have the potential to do so. What, then, do I do to be worthy of the blessings I’ve been given and the ones I will be given?
The first thing to do is to take an inventory of the blessings I have right now. Here they are:
· My Muse
· My daughters
· People who love me
· People I work with or for
· My car
· My place
· My health
· My talents and abilities
· My resources
· My mind
· My time
There are more, but these come to mind without too much thought.
Now what about my future blessing? What is that or what are they? I have no idea. What if, however, I were to pretend, imagine or visualize that a huge blessing were awaiting me and that all I needed to do was prepare for it so that I could hold on to that blessing for the rest of my life?
For example, let’s say I knew for certain that I was going to win $10,000,000 in the lottery, but I didn’t know when. It would be a year from now at the least and ten years at the most. How would I prepare? Would I study books on finance and investments? Would I plan my dream home? Would I research charities? Would I start training for the work I would do that would give me direction?
What if I knew the perfect relationship was awaiting me? Would I work on becoming a better person? Would I begin changing or losing bad habits? Would I clean up after myself more? Would I take care of my health so I could enjoy more time? Would I read books on relationships? Would I clean up current relationships that are damaged because of my bad choices? Would I seek and extend forgiveness so I could enter my future relationship free of burdens?
What if I knew the perfect occupation was awaiting me? (By “occupation” I mean career, volunteer work or ministry.) Would I begin studying and training now? Would I begin applying current knowledge? Would I learn how to get along in the workplace so I don’t have problems in my future occupation? Would I stop gossiping and complaining now so that I don’t create habits that are harder to break in the future?
What if I knew I were going to meet God one day? (I don’t mean die. I mean, literally meet Him.) Would I start doing things to please Him now? Would I take care of the planet, my time, the people I love and myself? Would I spend more time in prayer? Would I read and study? Would I ask Him to develop our relationship now? Would I be more careful about what I did, said and thought? Would I be kinder?
Finally, what would I do if I knew I would die one day? Would I use my time differently? Would I enjoy the people I love more? Would I spend less time on my own needs? Or would I spend more time on my own needs? Would I study and read more? Would I make better choices, ones that would be less selfish and make me happier?
The truth is all of the above is either going to happen or could easily happen. I have no guarantees, but why not prepare for the best? Why not earn the best? I can act as if it were impossible to fail, as Dorthea Brand says in Wake Up and Live. I can begin with the end in mind, as Stephen Covey says in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Starting now, I can prepare for a better life and a better eternity.
I just need to Get Started and Keep Going.