Chapter 2

You Want to Matter

Desire that your life count for something great! Long for your life to have eternal significance. Want this! Don’t coast through life without a passion. —John Piper

Each of us is born with a deep longing. In order to live backward, it’s critical that we understand God’s design for satisfying this innate desire. Without this foundational knowledge, we’ll all seek to gratify this yearning through misguided pursuits that take us away from God’s path, causing us to forfeit a life of true significance.

We Love the Camera

It’s 4:15 a.m. at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Forty-Ninth Street in New York City. The wind is whistling on this frigid winter night, but outside NBC’s Studio 1A, a small crowd of people has already gathered. Mission: Get as close as possible to the studio’s live broadcast area on the plaza. Goal: Be seen on camera when the television network airs The Today Show in less than five hours. But wait, isn’t the temperature below freezing?

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