Are You Sure?
“The Bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.”
– Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project.
“Computers in the future may weigh more than 1.5 tons.”
– Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” -Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943.
“But what is it good for?”
– Engineer at the advanced computing systems division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
“640K ought to be enough for anybody.”
– Bill Gates, 1981.
“I don’t know what use anyone could find for a machine that would make copies of documents. It certainly couldn’t be a feasible business by itself.”
– The head of IBM, refusing to back the idea, forcing the inventor to found Xerox.
“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. This device is inherently of no value to us.” -Western Union Internal memo, 1876.
Each of the situations above seem ludicrous! In hindsight, we are able to see how each of these items changed our lives and our world.
Life never seems to get slower. The projects that have been on “the list” have a way of piling up as we wait for the day when we “have time.” We spend too much time working for things that really don’t matter.
It’s easy to have our schedules dictated to us by keeping up with the essentials of the daily list. Unfortunately, we miss the things that should have been a priority in our lives until it is too late. The list of quotes that began this article were people who, in hindsight, may have missed some things that are obvious to us today.
As a pastor, I’ve prayed with many people on their death bed and done many funerals. I’ve never been told, “I wish I’d spent more time at work or I’m glad I sacrificed my relationship with my family.” While many have taken time in this life to prioritize what is important, it is heartbreaking to hear of the regrets so many have had after living their life!
Please take time to establish your priorities and invest your time in what really matters. Psalm 90:12 tells us “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (New International Version)
None of us will live forever on this earth, but we can gain the wisdom to spend our time on what is truly important. Determine today to not let another day go by missing what really matters. Pick up the phone and make a call, schedule a lunch, or stop by for a visit and spend your time where it really matters!