Points to Ponder: Building Destiny
Points to Ponder
Did you know that with each passing day you are building a destiny? Everyday you make decisions that are raising a monument to who you have been--what you will be remembered for.
You met a soul recently and you either engaged in or avoided a relationship. You saw a person with a need and you either chose to meet it or ignore it. With each life we encounter, we build our destiny. The person you are is the sum total of every decision you have ever made in your life.
Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel awoke one morning to read his own obituary in the local paper: "Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite who died yesterday, devised a way for more people to be killed in a war than ever before. And he died a very rich man."
Actually, it was Alfred's older brother who had died. But the mistaken account had an impact on him. He decided he wanted to be known for something other than developing an efficient means for killing people and getting rich from it. So he initiated the Nobel Peace Prize, which is given to scientists and writers who foster peace.
Nobel said, "Everyone ought to have the chance to correct his epitaph in midstream and write a new one."
Isn't that the truth? Few things will change us as much as looking at our life as though it is finished.
The impact of your life, the destiny you are building, the monument to who you have been, is under construction now--with each decision you make.
Psalm 39 says, "Lord, make me to know my end and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am."
As you build your destiny, what new decisions do you need to make? And for which will you be most remembered?
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