How Do You Measure Life?

How do you measure life? Like you measure a string, by its length? Methuselah lived more than 900 years, and that is all we know of him. Some of our best were taken by war before they were 25. Some of the greatest died young. Life is more than length.

Do you measure life by breadth or sphere of influence? Alexander conquered the whole world and cursed his childhood because he never learned self-control. Hitler controlled more of the modern world than any other single man. Who wants to emulate Hitler? Life is more than breadth.

Do you measure life by its height — popularity, wealth, or fame? Many have reached the top and discovered emptiness. They made it, but were never sure of what “it” was. Life is more than height.

Real greatness is measured in depth. Everything else about a tree depends on its roots. Everything else about a building depends on its foundation. Depth is the measure of a person!

Shallow people can’t take pressure–they’re only good for fair weather and scatter like buckshot in a crisis.

One with depth is like the sea–winds of circumstances may ruffle the surface, but underneath are great, quiet, untroubled depths. With depth, one stands in the critical hour. Such persons meet the real emergencies. They’re clear headed when great thinking, strong leadership, and decisiveness are necessary.

The deep life, the mature soul, is no accident. It is the product of time for relationships with God, Scripture, prayer, spouse, children. To be too busy for God–or others–is to be too busy!

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up as eagles; they
shall run, and not be weary, they shall walk, and
not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Richard C. Halverson, chaplain of the
U.S. Senate 1981-1994

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