Baseball player and philosopher Yogi Berra said, “Always go to other peoples’ funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours.”
Yogi’s quote raises an important question. Who is going to be crying at your funeral? One Christian leader explained how he and his wife were once successful business people, their schedules filled with activity. But as they grew older they began to reevaluate where their lives were heading. They began to ask, the question, “Who will be crying at my funeral”.
From that point, they began to prioritize around that question. The results they claim saved their marriage and gave a new sense of meaning to their lives.
Stop and ask yourself that question as you plan your day. It doesn’t mean we won’t care for strangers, but it means identifying the key people God wants us to minister to, such as our spouse and children, and making sure we’re giving them the time they need first. Doing that will insure we redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.