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Topic: Fame (05/10/12)
TITLE: What's Really Important?
By James Dick
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Well, as I grew older and wiser, I began to realize that being recognized everywhere wasn’t “in the cards” for me. Oh, I did well in college, spent an interesting period of life in the Army traveling around the world, and then I was even fortunate enough to have a successful private business career. And I was blessed with two wonderful children and now have five beautiful granddaughters.
And you know what else? As I matured I began to realize that being famous has absolutely nothing to do with what is important. For as a God-fearing adult, the only things that count are my God, my family, my friends, and my reputation and good works. When I leave this earth I want to be remembered for being a good and fair man who followed the requirements of his Maker.
God puts each of us here with a worldly purpose. I didn’t always know what my real purpose was. Through the process of growth and maturity, I now realize that believing in Jesus Christ and trying to live my life as He wants is of paramount importance.
Finding the answer required me to open myself to His love and guidance. For you see, He has always been nearby. All I had to do was open my heart and soul to Him. He was always ready to enter my life; all I had to do was ask for His help.
So now, as I near retirement, I look at my grown children and loving wife and realize that the only real purpose for our being here is to love Jesus Christ and our fellow man and live our lives demonstrating that love.
Oh, it’s not always easy and it takes lots of work. But it is very satisfying and puts me at peace with myself as I prepare for the joy of the everlasting life to come.
And guess what? I will leave this earth knowing that I tried to be my very best as a Christian father, husband, friend, and citizen. My shortcomings were forgiven and the Lord has accepted me despite my shortcomings. Being famous couldn’t come close to this conclusion of my earthly life.
What a wonder that realization is. And I owe it all to Him.
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