If I took at peek at your calendar and checkbook, I would quickly ascertain what is most important in your life. How we spend our time and money are the two basic metrics that reveal not what we say we value but what we actually value.
For all of us iPhone users, one of the most convicting apps is called, “Screen Time.” If you’re not familiar with it, the app records how much time you spend every day on your phone. In addition, it also reveals the actual time you spend on each app. How much time do you spend on Facebook? How much time are you on your favorite news app?
Okay, just to let you know that we’re all in this together, I looked up my screen time while I was working on this blog. My daily average so far this week is two hours and one minute. I wish I could say that was all spent on my Bible app. My how time flies.
The reason I bring this sensitive topic to your attention is not to judge, but to remind you to live life without regret. Don’t miss what is most important as you attend to the less important.
I read a story today about a man whose three-year-old daughter died. In his grief, he put together a video of her short little life. But as he went through all of his home videos, he realized something was missing. He had taken video of every outing they had gone on and every trip they had taken. He had lots of footage—that wasn’t the problem. What he realized was that while he had plenty of footage of the places they had gone—the sights they had seen, the views they had enjoyed, the meals they had eaten, and the landmarks they had visited—he had almost no close-up footage of his daughter herself. He had been so busy recording the surroundings, he had failed to record what was most essential (Essentialism, 236).
When we near our departure from this world, we will not look back and say, “Wow, I wish I had watched one more TV series.” We might, however, look back and say, “I wish I had spent more time with _______.”
How are you living your life? Your calendar, checkbook and phone might reveal a lot more than you think. Choose this day to live with no regrets and focus on what is most important.
“`Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. `Everything is meaningless!’
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind” (Ecclesiastes 12:8, 13, NIV).