Pella Chronicle


January 11, 2014

What is your most meaningful accomplishment?

Pella — When I do a funeral I visit with the family to get a better sense of who the deceased person was.  I have several questions I typically ask to form a picture of the individual in my mind.  One of them is, “what would they say is their most meaningful accomplishment?”  Some responses include earning their degree, winning an award, raising a family, or being promoted at work.  Those are great things and should be celebrated, honored, and remembered.

As I get older I think a major accomplishment is becoming more peaceful and loving in a world that is becoming more angry and crass.  It seems the accomplishments that I cherish most now come from inside my self and are less external.  For instance today I was kinder to myself and more generous with others.  Last week I didn’t overreact to a challenge and remained calm.  I was able to forgive and let go of anger.  Sometimes I think our true measures of success are not from what we do, but are from who we are or are becoming.

The Apostle Paul said the greatest of all accomplishments is learning to love like Jesus.  Not self seeking, boastful or proud, but patient, kind, protecting, trusting, hoping, and persevering (I Cor. 13).

As we begin the new year we reflect about where we have been and where we are going.  It is a good time to chart a new course, begin again, and commit to a fresh start.  A good question to ask is, “what is most meaningful to me.”  For me it is the same answer and resolution every year, to be like Jesus. 

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