“Five minutes after we die, we’ll know exactly how we should have lived.”
—Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle
Even though I probably don’t know you, I’m guessing you don’t want to wait to know how you should have lived; you want to live the way you are supposed to live—now.
Right? So do I.
God is going to ask me and you what we did with what He entrusted to us: our time (calendar); our talent (calling); and our treasure (cash). I don’t want to fail this test or be unprepared.
God wants us to trust Him implicitly, with everything and everyone who is precious to us. When God has the right position in our lives—consistently, in a rhythmic way—then everything else flows properly. Matthew 6:33 says: “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Help One Another to Be Ready
I think about death at times and the moment when I will stand before God. I believe I am ready for that time. But I want to move from believing to absolutely knowing I am ready, and I need your help.
I believe we can help one another get ready for this time by praying for one another, sharing resources, and encouraging one another on this path to meeting God. I believe there are a lot of resources available that people like you and me are just not aware of that will help us in these three areas. I plan to use this website as a place to share resources and best practices to help us on this journey as there are so much to these three areas of our lives.
We never know when we are going to die. Even though I am still relatively young, it could happen at any time. So I want to be ready to meet God, and I want you to be ready as well. I want to clear the distractions in my life, simplify, and focus on what God wants.
I know God knows infinitely more than I do. I need to constantly ask Him what He thinks I should do in all areas of my life, especially in these important ones: calendar, cash, and calling.
I look forward to learning from you and sharing what I know so we can be ready for this last and most important final exam.
Jerry Leachman, former chaplain for the Washington Redskins, offered this great test in a talk he gave in 2009 entitled Nehemiah 2 in order to help with getting rid of activities that are not in line with what God wants. Ask yourself:
- What is my mission in life? What am I trying to accomplish while I am on this earth?
- What are my priorities? How much am I willing to pay for them or suffer for them?
- What is my schedule? Who or what is getting my time?
The answers to all must line up in order to pass. For instance, if my mission in life is to be around and pour into my family and I am working sixty-five hours per week and have nothing left for my family, then my mission and priorities and schedule are not lining up. If one element does not line up, you have to start over until it does.
When I first did this exercise, nothing lined up. Even now, introducing this to you, I have to make some tweaks.
I have come to realize that God’s way is far superior than what I want for myself. Especially in the three areas—calendar, cash, and calling—He knows best. I have arranged my life now to spend a great deal of time with Him, releasing what does not line up with my mission in life. It has taken me a great deal of time to realize how important God is and I am still learning this one concept. Spending more time with God has helped me realize how truly special and important He is to me.