IT’S 2012!!!! And it’s already time again to make resolutions … if you do that sort of thing. Dang, the years are flying by! If you haven’t noticed it, then you must be like 10 years old. The older we get, the shorter the years seem to get.
We have a tradition here at Dave Ramsey‘s office during Christmas. We take the last devotional before the holiday and have team members randomly get up and share holiday traditions, good or bad, as well as what they are thankful for. Believe me, we went from laughing our tails off to crying and back again.
There were stories of interesting relatives who celebrate Christmas Eve in a funeral home—there’s a lot more to that story—to families missing their loved ones in the military who won’t make it home this year to share the holiday. There were tales of long trips in the car with rambunctious kids to praying for family members in the hospital.
One that really spoke to me was from one of our younger team members, Luke LeFevre. He talked about how precious time is and even quoted Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “The nights are long but the years are short.” And then, Richard Speight stood up. Richard is 70 and has had an amazing life—one that has been filled with both love and trials. Richard is always happy to share his trials in hopes that they will help someone.
Richard said he didn’t know if everyone really understood what Luke was saying. The years are short. And when you get to be his age, you understand just how short they are. Now, looking back on his life, he’s come to know what is important and what really isn’t.
There are certain things that he spent so much time trying to attain, he said, when he should have spent more time focusing on loving his family well. The things that seemed so important when he was young really don’t matter. Later in life, you realize you didn’t spend enough time doing the things that really count.
So that’s what I want you to think about for a resolution. Yes, I want you to get your finances in order. Yes, I want you to get super healthy and take better care of yourself. But I also want you to take a hard look at the brass ring you’re reaching for. Thirty years from now, will it have mattered; or will you be staring at it wishing you could trade it for the brass rings you already had but didn’t know it? Just a thought.
Question: What’s your resolution for this year?