A Life Worth Watching

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching” (Anonymous).

Have you ever had your life flash before your eyes? I think that means that, in a time of great distress, we remember many events and people in our life. It is a time of reflection and meditation about our life and what we have done or who we have become. So, in those times, what are we watching?

What do we spend most of our time pursuing in our life? Isn’t it true that the material and tangible get most of our attention? We all want enough to provide for our family. We want to provide a comfortable life. We have nice houses, nice cars, and take nice vacations. All of that is important to us. But are those things worth watching? In the end, they deteriorate, or someone takes them. We spend our health to get our wealth and then spend our wealth to provide for our health.

We know what we want to see when we watch our life pass before our eyes. Is my character one of honor and humility? Is my life characterized by kindness and making life better for others? 

Further, the life worth watching is one of denying self. Self is not the center. Our lives are God-centered. It is not something we say. Every decision, every activity, every attitude is filtered through God being the center of our lives. When God is the center of our lives, our lives will be whole and complete. The person who comes to the end of life having God as the center of life has no regrets.  

However, how many times have people come to the end of life, having every material thing one could ever want, and have regrets? Regrets of having spent so much time accumulating rather than building relationships with their family? Regrets of having wasted their lives on things they leave behind?

The one who has grown up to be like the Lord is the one whose life is worth watching. Jesus said, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36 NKJV) Those who grow to be like Him gain it all. 

Rickie Jenkins