Our days are filled with many activities. And it is not a question if we are getting things done. Doing things that matter is the question that remains. What counts toward a meaningful life?
It’s tempting to measure our days by how much we earned or how many items we have checked off our to-do list.
And so we stay busy going from one task to the next.
While we need to work hard and earn a living for our families, this is not the only work that matters.
In fact, staying late or completing another project might not count as much as taking the time to listen to our wife, catch up with a good friend, play with our kids, or even take the day off.
The work that matters cannot always be measured in concrete terms.
And sometimes what seems totally unproductive is the most meaningful thing we can do.
What matters in the years to come? Who do you want to become and what kind of life do you want to create for your loved ones?
Many practical things are still required of us – working long hours, paying bills, doing chores, and the like. But we are reconsidering what it means to be productive.
There may be days when we don’t earn as much and our to-do list piles a little higher, but it’s been a good day because we have loved well.
When we love well we bring more good into our life and relationships. And in the end, this is the work that matters.
Let’s begin to measure our days not by the tasks we accomplish but by the seeds of goodness and joy we plant.
Count your days by your practice of love.