Another year has come around, and a flurry of planning and New Year’s resolving has come with it. There are so many things we’d all like to do this year:
- We want to plan the best garden ever.
- We want to try out new ways of keeping our animals happy, healthy, and productive.
- We want to experiment with a crop rotation that’s bound to work.
- We want to expand our business.
And that’s just the start!
As much as we’d like to do everything on our bucket list this year, there probably won’t be enough time for it all. We’ll have to prioritize, which brings up a question:
How do we know that our goals are worth the effort of achieving?
Face it. Some goals simply aren’t worth the fuss and trouble we expend on them. Sure, the results may look good on an income statement. We may win accolades for our efforts. But in the long run, what difference does that make? These things can never give us lasting satisfaction.
So how do we know if what we are doing is worth it?
Paul gives us a clue in 1 Corinthians 3:11-15:
…No one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
The only work that is worth the effort is the work that can stand the test of fire. In other words, we must measure our work by its eternal value.
What eternally valuable work looks like will vary from person to person. We must each report directly to God and receive our orders from Him alone. That is the only way we can fulfill our life purpose.
So as we plan for the new year, let’s count the cost of our goals and see if they are eternally valuable. Then we’ll know that what we are doing is worth it.