But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?”
— Luke 12:20
Time management experts tell us that we should always be setting goals. I think it was Steve Covey who said, “Begin with the end in mind,” and work backwards. That is, think about your death or the obituary you would like to see written about you, and work backwards from that to the present, and so live your life as to try to reach that end. Begin with the end in mind.
That is good advice from a worldly point of view, and yet the error is that death is not the end. Those who see nothing beyond the “obit” column have a very shortsighted view of life, to say the least. They are overlooking something—death. The last word about our life in this world will not be written in the newspaper, but in the Lamb’s Book of Life and in the judgment books of God. A review of the last chapters of the book of Revelation puts all of life into sharp focus and helps get our priorities right.
How thankful I am to know Jesus, who forgives my sins and has put my name in His book of life.