A Clear Eye

“Keep a clear eye toward life’s end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God’s Creature. What you are in His sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing you have received . . . but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage” (St Francis of Assisi).

Apparently, there’s some question about whether St. Francis actually originated the above quote, but for me it doesn’t matter. What matters is that it’s true.

When you can see yourself as God sees you, nothing less and nothing more, then you are kept from pride or self-abasement. You understand the true definition of humility, which isn’t thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.

It’s also true that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing with you in terms of possessions or accolades or titles. I believe the old quote says that all that you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.

What you can take with you are those acts of service you’ve done for the least, the last, and the lost. What you can take with you is what you’ve invested in others through mentoring and discipleship. You can take with you those who know about Jesus and know Jesus because they saw Jesus in you and heard about Jesus from you.

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