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A friend of mine (thanks Carolyn) found this on a website as she was browsing.  She passed this on to me, and it so resonated with what I was preaching about yesterday that I just had to share this with you….what matters in this life is not what you have, but what you have shared….self, love, grace, –all those gifts of God and from God that fill others lives with blessing.  An important Advent message to remember.

Here is a sobering thought as we prepare for the gift of Christmas!

Live a life that Matters”

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected whether treasures or baubles, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.

So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do list will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It will not matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived.

At the end, it will not matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.

Even you gender and skin colour will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?

How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter, is not what you bought, but what you built;

Not what you got, but what you gave.

What will matter, is not your success, but your significance.

Not what you learned but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, or sacrifice that enriched,

empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many people will feel a

lasting loss, when you are gone.

What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters does not happen by accident.

It is not a matter of circumstance but of choice.