I am working on a new project for ChristianPF that I will be unveiling soon and while I was doing some studying for it I came across an interesting quote from Steven King.
Apparently his accident that he had a few years back helped put things in perspective for him. I share the quote because it is something that I want to keep in the forefront of my mind as I am navigating through life.
“A couple of years ago I found out what “you can’t take it with you” means. I found out while I was lying in a ditch at the side of a country road, covered with mud and blood and with the tibia of my right leg poking out the side of my jeans like a branch of a tree taken down in a thunderstorm. I had a MasterCard in my wallet, but when you’re lying in a ditch with broken glass in your hair, no one accepts MasterCard.
…We come in naked and broke. We may be dressed when we go out, but we’re just as broke. Warren Buffet? Going to go out broke. Bill Gates? Going out broke. Tom Hanks? Going out broke. Steve King? Broke. Not a crying dime. All the money you earn, all the stocks you buy, all the mutual funds you trade—all of that is mostly smoke and mirrors. It’s still going to be a quarter-past getting late whether you tell the time on a Timex or a Rolex….
So I want you to consider making your life one long gift to others. And why not? All you have is on loan, anyway. All that lasts is what you pass on…”
— Steven King (Author)
I find it interesting that sometimes it takes terrible events like that to give us a better understanding that things are just things. Of course the Bible said it all along…
For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.
1 Timothy 6:7