A few years ago, I heard a Christian pastor say that he had never yet met a dying man who had said to him: “I wish I had spent more time at the office.”
Rather, in these sad moments, he found people concerned that they had not been with their family more and deepened relationships with their friends.
It is so sad when people reach old age only to discover that all they have lived for has proved to be the proverbial pipe dream.
Bertrand Russell, the famous philosopher, said at 90 that he really felt philosophy to be a washout.
When the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union underwent great changes, many older communists felt devastated. All they had lived for and believed in was now disappearing.
What can we learn from this? All around us, we see so many people chasing riches, fame, adventure and pleasure.
They are giving priority to matters that with the passage of time may sadly prove illusory.
King Solomon in the Bible sums up the feelings of many disappointed people in these words: “Meaningless, meaningless, utterly meaningless, everything is meaningless.”
I have personally never met people, who having in early life committed their lives to Jesus Christ, saying in their dying moments: “I made a terrible mistake.”
The secret of living a fulfilled and joyful life is all about the choices we make and what we consider our priorities to be.
Jesus said: “Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness ...”
When people make this their priority, though suffering and problems will inevitably come, they never feel there is a better way through life still to be found.
God says to us too: “Choose this day who you will serve.”