What Matters Most? is a most important question--a crucial question--that must be answered honestly if we are to get at the end of our lives with fewer regrets and our integrity intact. What Matters Most cuts to the core of what we really value. And what we really value becomes our target of guiding principles--like a north star.
Years ago I was challenged to write down a personal mission statement. I was told to ask myself what was going to be important to me at the end of my life. And that the answer to that question would clarify my values and guide my life choices. It did.
I wrote, "I will have considered my earthly existence to have been wasted if I cannot recall a loving family, a consistent investment in the lives of people, and an earnest attempt to serve the God who made me, because nothing else makes much sense."
I must admit there were times I wanted to amend my statement. I wanted to exchange service for self, acquisition and gain for God, and status for family. Thankfully, with the help of Almighty God, a loving, caring wife, and intervening circumstances, for the most part, I stayed the course. And I am glad I did. So very glad because I know I'd regret today if I had not done what I had done in my yesterday.
So let me ask you, what matters most to you? If you haven't done so yet, write down this essential question and asterisk it. It's called an essential question because it's absolutely necessary you answer it. And that you answer it honestly and thoughtfully.
Get to the core of what you value. Write it out. Inscribe your values on your heart. Turn them over in your soul. Feed on them with your mind. Place them before you as your north star to guide you. Ask yourself what's going to matter most at the end of your life and subscribe to it. Make it your mission.