We all have dreams and visions. We all have plans about things we want to do or accomplish before this life is over. But at the end of the day, we don't know the significant things we will do until long after they are done.
For example, Abraham Lincoln is well known for many things, not the least of which was his Gettysburg Address. It is commonly known, however, that President Lincoln did not set out to deliver a speech that would be remembered centuries later. In fact, that fateful day, Lincoln was the second level speaker on the agenda. He jotted down his notes for the speech on the train ride to Gettysburg. It wasn't till long after the speech was delivered and Lincoln had been assassinated that the speech began to gain its fame.
Here is what I know and have learned. Trying to make your mark in this world is not worth giving your life for. But trying to make a mark for God in this world is worth every second of your life. We can try so hard and do so many things hoping to accomplish our agendas. They simply don't matter. As I have been constantly reminded by many sources, only what is done for God will last. In addition, we will never know the full impact of our choices--no one will--till long after we are gone. That's why Jesus taught us to pray daily, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done." Only through that prayer can we be perfectly situated to carry out his will for our lives.
"It's not about You being a part of my story, Lord. It's about me being a part of yours." Andy Stanley