This week we are featuring a blog post from our incredible friend and mentor, Pastor Rena Perozich. Rena is a mentor and life-coach for women and an encourager to many others. She is the founder and host of a successful multi-denominational women's ministry called Women of Witness. Through Women of Witness, Rena helps other women find their purpose with God and build strong, healthy relationships with others. Women of Witness meets monthly for a round table discussion of books and articles relevant to modern Christian womanhood. She also hosts a spring Women's Conference and a Fall Intensive called "Remarkable Woman". By profession, Rena is a pastor ordained with MFC Ministries and is the Senior Elder at Morgantown Faith Center, Morgantown, WV where she specializes in pastoral counseling for women of all ages and relationship counseling. Please follow Pastor Rena's blog at www.rpmdaily.net.
What Would Be The Appraisal Of Your Life?
I love the story of Alfred Nobel, as related by Randy Alcorn in his book, "The Treasure Principle."
Alfred Nobel dropped the newspaper and put his head in his hands. It was 1888. Nobel was a Swedish chemist who made his fortune inventing and producing dynamite. His brother Ludvig had died in France. But now Alfred's grief was compounded by dismay. He'd just read an obituary in a French newspaper — not his brother's obituary, but his! An editor had confused the brothers. The headline read, "The Merchant of Death Is Dead." Alfred Nobel's obituary described a man who had gotten rich by helping people kill one another.
Shaken by this appraisal of his life, Nobel resolved to use his wealth to change his legacy. When he died eight years later, he left more than $9 million to fund awards for people whose work benefited humanity. The awards became known as the Nobel Prizes.
Alfred Nobel had a rare opportunity — to look at the assessment of his life at its end and still have the chance to change it. Before his life was over, Nobel made sure he had invested his wealth in something of lasting value.
The face of the medal of the Norwegian Nobel Committee shows Alfred Nobel in a pose slightly different from that of the other medals. ... translated "For the peace and brotherhood of men".
Each of us chooses, either purposefully or passively, how we invest our time and treasure. The wise man invests his life carefully, using the temporary currencies of this life to gain riches that will last forever.
Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."