My Changing Priorities

As I reflect back over my life, I realize how much my attitude has changed about many things. Things that used to seem a “priority” are simply not that important anymore. My list of actual priorities is starkly different than it used to be. And my views of things have changed from what they once were.

In the past, I felt the need to spend money I didn’t have, to buy things I didn’t need, to impress people I didn’t know. Why…..for status? What was I thinking? Time has taught me that no possessions can ever provide lasting happiness. After the newness wears off…it is just a thing.

I used to be so overly concerned with what people thought about me. Not to sound cold, but as I’ve gotten older, I have come to the place that I really don’t care. To me the only one whose thoughts about me really matter, is God. The way I see it, if I am pleasing in his sight, I will be a decent human being that can be of service to others, which in the end is what really matters. For me, it used to be all about me, but as I have gotten older, my attitude has changed from “What can I get?”…..to instead “What can I give?” If I can make a positive difference in the lives of people that come my way, when I’m old I will be able to say that I have been a success. Success has nothing to do with your job, your bank account, financial portfolio, or what kind of house you live in or the kind of car you drive. It has everything to do with how much difference you have made in the lives of others.

Basic things that I used to take so much for granted, I now see as a blessing from God. The things I am most thankful for are God’s forgiveness, being in good health, eyesight to be able to see all the beauty God created, hearing to be able to hear music and encouraging words from friends, living in a country that is still free and the best country in the world, and most of all…. a loving wife that is my helpmate and best friend. These are the things that matter to me. Everything else is just details that I can take or leave.

It is funny how in this age of social media, the likes of Facebook and Twitter, of which I use both, that we accumulate “Friends” and “Followers”. Some are very real, some are not real at all, and some the jury is still out on. To my true “Friends”, I say to you, you are not just a name on a list. You are a person that has impacted my life for the better. I am better for having known you, and if you ever need me….I will be there for you. If you are indeed one of my true friends, you will know it, and know that I am talking to you. To whatever “Followers” I have…I give you the old adage, “Don’t walk behind me (follow); I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

Thanks for reading!
Until next time,
Mark

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