What’s Really Important? - The One Year Devotions for Men on the Go

What’s Really Important?

Read James 4:1-17

How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. James 4:14

Pain in my chest . . . moving down my left arm . . . I think I’m having a heart attack! This is probably the last time I’ll be able to eat a meatball sandwich!

My friend Rich was driving home one evening when this happened to him. The local sandwich shop was having a two-for-one special that month on meatball sandwiches—his favorite. So he bought a couple. He ate one on the way to pick up his wife, the other on the way to the hospital.

The doctor confirmed that Rich was indeed having a heart attack. After getting him stabilized and “out of the woods,” the doctor put him on a restricted diet. But Rich felt like much more than his diet had been restricted. He was forced to ask himself some very hard questions.

After Rich survived the heart attack, he saw that he needed a more balanced and positive long-range life plan. He rediscovered who he really was and what really motivated him. He realized that he liked to help people, so he started looking for a career that would allow him to do just that. To his surprise, he found his niche in the funeral industry. Assisting others during their time of sorrow and transition brought clear answers to the questions in his own life.

Rich also discovered that the simple things in life—such as watching his kids’ ball games—gave him real joy. He resolved to spend more time watching the kids play and less time being angry at the referees.

What things in life are really important to you? What gives your life joy and meaning? Think about decisions you can make today to keep you from missing out on those things tomorrow.

Lord, help me hold on to what’s really important.

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The One Year Devotions for Men on the Go
By Stephen Arterburn M. ED and Bill Farrel

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