At a recent ball game I was umpiring, a mom was not happy that her son’s team was not scoring as many runs as the other team. As I listened to her and other parents talk (grumble was more like it), I thought about life and what’s really important. James wrote, “You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring – what your life will be! For you are like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes” (James 4:14 HCSB).

Life on this earth is short! It seems to me that many of us worry too much about things that don’t really matter in the end. God wants our time on earth to count for something … something significant. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 7:2, “Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies—so the living should take this to heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:2, NLT).

Why would he advise us to do that? The answer is found in the first verse …
“A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born” (Ecclesiastes 7:1 NLT). Your reputation is far more valuable than you may realize.

At the end of your life, people will remember how you lived your lived your life more than anything else. Make every minute count!