Not long ago I attended the funeral of a man I have known for over 25 years. One by one, people shared stories of how Steve had touched their lives. His 75 years on this earth were well recorded with memories of his generosity, kindness, loyalty and love. As I glanced over to see how Steve’s wife was holding up I could see that she was filled with joy to hear how her husband’s most important investments in life were paying off.
When we hear the word “investment” we automatically think in terms of money. However, there are other things in life we can invest with the hope of experiencing a significant return. Far too many people find themselves at the end of their life realizing that those things they invested their time, talents and resources in had little, if any, meaningful impact.
As you go through life, give thought to where you are placing your investments. Are you spending time with your family? Do you help those less fortunate then yourself? Are you compelled to correct injustices? Do you consistently demonstrate forgiveness, compassion and love in tangible ways? It’s important to remember that a life lived selfishly will leave little evidence that it ever existed, but one that is invested in the lives of others will reap returns that can last an eternity.
Live, Work and Relate Well!