(Job 9:25 NLT) “My life passes more swiftly than a runner. It flees away without a glimpse of happiness. —> running all over the place and still not happy
(Job 7:6 NLT) “My days fly faster than a weaver’s shuttle. They end without hope.
(Ecclesiastes 4:6 NLT) . . . “Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.”
√ Better to have LESS of what doesn’t matter & MORE of what does.
√ Better to live by DESIGN and not by DEFAULT.
(Psalm 139:16 NLT) You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
(Proverbs 21:3 NLT) The LORD is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.
√ Better to get the RIGHT THINGS done, not MORE THINGS done.
(Proverbs 17:24 GNT) An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions.
(Hebrews 12:1 NLT) . . . let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
1. Regularly take INVENTORY.
(Psalm 39:4-5 NIV) “Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.
2. Make tough DECISIONS.
(Psalm 90:12 TLB) Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.
3. Focus on what MATTERS MOST.
(Matthew 6:33 NLT) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
√ GOD matters.
(Luke 12:15 NLT) Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
(Luke 12:20-21 NLT) “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
(Philippians 3:7-8 NLT) I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ
√ PEOPLE matter.
(Galatians 5:13-15 NLT) . . .serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.
(Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT) A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
(Matthew 13:44 NLT) “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field. —> willing to give his ALL
√ ETERNITY matters.