Shock and awe may explain what confronts us daily in our culture and circumstances.

For a lot of us, we may feel overwhelmed by images and experiences that are unlike anything we could have ever anticipated.

If nothing else, these realities prove how finite we are and the unpredictability of life.

The cultural uncertainties and fragility of our circumstances should cause us to focus more on what really matters.

What does count in life is the impact and influence we have on people around us — in our families, workplaces, schools, churches, and communities.

The words and ideas we share personally, digitally, or otherwise create lasting impressions for us personally as well as in the hearts and minds of those who consume what we speak or write.

The ultimate measure of what matters most is how well we steward the gifts and resources with which we’ve been entrusted over the finite number of days we occupy this earthly realm.