We live in an optional society. We have abundant, seemingly endless options available for every good and service. Dozens of brands for every type of food in the grocery store, thousands of clothing brands we can wear, millions of different gleaming products, seemingly unlimited movies or shows on demand, there are zillions of options at our fingertips.
We live in a bargain society. While the options have become more abundant, in many instances the quality has gone down. Rather than choosing from quality hand-crafted goods, we often are choosing based upon the lowest price on Amazon.
We also live in a disposable society. Gone are the days of owning a car worth passing down to your children. While there is still a thriving culture restoring cars from the 1950's, 1960's, or even the 1980's, The likelihood of someone in in 2054 lovingly bringing a 2014 Chevy Cruze back to it's former glory is slim at best.
Even our modern built houses have an inevitable disposable and temporary nature to them based upon ever changing styles and trends. Even though they are likely the single most expensive purchase most people will ever make, they are often stamped out assembly line style with a lack of craftsmanship and quality.
So where exactly in our lives are we making an investment based upon quality and the beneficial impact upon our lives?
Where am I making investments of time, energy, and resources? I invest money into a future I hope to someday enjoy, deteriorating and depreciating objects, status, stuff. I invest energy in my career, into "success", into education. I have invested time into countless seasons of meaningless TV shows and mind-numbing cinematic sequels. I hunch over my smartphone, browsing for lost hours through nothing...literally nothing. I have invested stress and anxiety into worrying about outcomes over which I have absolutely no control.
I have also invested into good things, life giving things. Into my marriage, into my children, into my family. I have invested into friendships and the community that surrounds me. I have invested into learning. I invest in my health. In invest in my pursuit of God.
I want to invest in more things that are life giving, life affirming, purpose driven, passionate, peaceful, fun, meaningful. I have air to breath, water to drink, food to eat, shelter over my head, clothes to wear. I want to live content with these things, and spend my days promoting love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control.
I read recently that one of the single greatest regrets reported by people lying on their deathbeds was that they did not live their lives in accordance with their values. They knew what to do, but rather than doing it, they lived contrary to their values.
I do not want this to be me. I want to make sure that I am making investment into those things that are true and eternal. I want to make sure that I do not reach the end of my life and realize that I have spent my days acquiring deteriorating objects and worthless temporal treasures.
What does this actually mean for me today? I am putting down my phone. I am breathing in the spring air. I will enjoy the time I get with my wife and kids. I will enjoy friends. I will say kind things to others. I will look for places to promote peace. To see the best in others. I will seek to love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, and soul, and to love my neighbor as myself.