Do you matter? Amongst the millions of people living right now is your life significant? Each of us defines significance differently–finding a loving spouse, having children, earning a degree, buying a house, becoming a great leader, finding a cure for cancer, abolishing hunger, etc. We passionately pursue these things because we believe that they will give us lasting significance. But–a hundred years from now–will anyone remember any of these things?

Even those we associate with great accomplishments like George Washington, Taylor Swift, Bill Gates, Thomas Edison–in a thousand years, how much of what they did–will be remembered? Even in parenthood–many of the physical sacrifices we make for our children are quickly forgotten within a lifetime–or less. For example, I know very little about my great-great grandmother except that she immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden. So, two or three generations from now–what will anyone remember about me? Well, it depends.

My greatest significance will never be achieved in any worldly accomplishments because–the world passes away. It is only what we do for God that lasts forever: “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John‬ ‭2:16-17) We can ONLY do God’s will if we are His child. Then–what we do for Him lasts forever. Living for eternal significance is an immeasurable gift from God. It will never be forgotten by God OR by those we helped lead to Him! Someday in heaven, we will be eternally grateful to the one who showed us “The Way, The Truth and The Life!” (John 14:6) When we choose to live as a light to the world, our life becomes significant. What we do will be remembered for eternity.