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I’ve killed the goose in my life many times. Have you? I’ve expended time and energy to get quick results in my work and relationships. Sometimes I’ve gotten great short-term results (or so it seemed). But in the long run, I’ve killed the goose.

You’ve heard Aesop’s fable of the goose that laid the golden eggs. A farmer goes out to collects eggs from his fowl and is shocked to find underneath one goose a golden egg. He can’t believe his luck! The egg is pure gold. The next day he finds another golden egg, and the next, and the next, and the next. He is becoming extremely wealthy by the day. After awhile, his greed gets the best of him and he kills the goose in order to get more golden eggs faster. But, there are none … and the goose that laid the golden eggs is gone.

Have you ever killed the goose in your life? Have you ever tried to be so efficient that the things which matter most take 2nd place? Perhaps you’ve taken work home and neglected time with your spouse or children. Maybe there is just too much to do and exercise gets set aside. Or life is so full of projects that beginning your day alone with God just doesn’t fit in.

Urgent or Lasting

Who is the goose that lays the golden eggs? You are. And the golden eggs are the results in life that matter most—deeper relationships with family, better health, a relaxed mind, or living by higher values. When you neglect to take care of yourself, you cannot expect golden eggs in your life. When you live by the urgent all the time, you cannot produce values in your life that are lasting.

Jesus calls us to keep our priorities straight and take time for what matters most. He said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). In others words, if we make Christ first we will lay golden eggs. Without Jesus, we cannot produce anything of lasting value.

Take time right now and determine to live by what is most important. Sit down with a pad and pen and write down five “golden eggs” that are vital to you (such as, your health, your family, relationships at work, etc.). Then put God at the top of your list. Ask the Lord to guide you in prioritizing your life around these values. Live by what is most essential. And don’t kill the goose!

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