All That Matters

An old friend said as she lay dying,
"I have lived my life to the full:
   I met many people,
     traveled many places,
       done many good things,
         said many memorable words,
           accumulated so many treasures,
             and did my best to live a godly life,
   but now I see...reality.

While I sit on a ledge of this high ridge:
  ready to leave this world,
    headed not into the dark abyss
      but far up into the lighted heavens,
Now that all has been said and done,
  and so many have come and gone,
    I see no one and no thing still with me,
Only Jesus...sitting at my side.

Why did I not know this before?
Why did no one tell me?
Doesn't everyone know?

Like the first disciples,
  falling in right behind His heels,
    striving so to follow Him step by step,
Going everywhere He led,
  doing whatever He said,
    whenever He said to, and
      however He showed them,
We too are to keep our eyes,
  hearts, and minds just on Him,
    like nothing else matters but to
      love Him with our all, and love all
        others, all along the way.

This life on this planet at this time
  is meant only to help us pare away
    all that does not matter, revealing
      the truth...a reality not so easily seen...
       Jesus is all that matters."

Philippians 3:14-21
Matthew 14:22-33
Hebrews 3:2, 12:2
Luke 10:41-42
2 Corinthians 4:18
Romans 8:5

by J Alan R
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