“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
This one hits right between the eyes doesn’t it? As I read it though it occurred to me that all of these great people accomplished their incredible feats over the course of their lives. They are measured on the totality of their contributions, not a single event or action.
Sometimes we get so caught up living in the here and now that we forget that our greatest impact might not have happened yet. It might be a current work in progress or it might be the thing we do tomorrow. We should work to make all our hours count, but we shouldn’t spend all our time counting the hours and measuring our success based on what we get in return for each of those hours.
As Andy Stanley has said “Your greatest accomplishment may not be something you do, but someone you raise.” And I believe this applies whether you have children of your own or not. You can replace “raise” with “serve” and the meaning and impact is the same. Use your hours to impact others and you’ll make a difference.