Whenever I post stuff like this I learn to regret it later. So let me restate the title as "My Greatest Fear". That way I don't have to speak to an idea for anyone else but myself in the event you take issue with it.
So, what is MY greatest fear? It's to be irrelevant.
This hit me the other day while sitting in yet another airport with a thousand other mindless travelers on my way to a pretty important event for myself and my family. I was thinking "Man, I'm glad I'm going somewhere important with my son who thinks I'm important". Then, whammoo! It hit me right there; the thought that someday I might not be able to say that I was important to my son, to my kids, to my wife, to my company, to my community, to my church, to my world. To be irrelevant would SUCK!
I wonder how many people genuinely feel that way now? They might not even have the internal sense, that foundational truth that they are relevant to God. I wonder how many people fight their way through life, through jobs, through relationships, just so they can feel more relevant? I wonder if, underneath all our good works and benevolent efforts, we're all just trying to feel more relevant... is the issue that big?
I have more to say on this but it has to wait for now. I'm off to another meeting of great importance and I don't have time to think about the possibility they can do it all just fine without me.