Our lives are busy aren’t they? Sometimes it feels like all we can do is try to make it through another day without drowning in the craziness that surrounds us. But what if we could live better? What if we could wake up every morning with purpose and intention? What if we knew our lives weren’t being wasted?
I believe we can. And I’m certain that we can only do that once we identify what it is we want our lives to be about, and then go after it.
Here are 5 quick thoughts about living a life of purpose.
Talk Less/ Listen More
The most common thing you and I do to sabotage our lives is talk when we should stay silent. We live in an age that thrives on opinions, and while we certainly should have them, it’s often times better to keep them to ourselves if we sense it may cause division. Let’s be honest, you know your mouth gets you in trouble. So take a step back and just hear people out before you rush into something you can’t go back from.
“Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.” Proverbs 11:12
Find Joy in Everything
Life is too short to be stressed about everything. I get it. We’ve got so many things clawing for our attention, and if we’re not careful, we can spend our lives in a constant state of worry, despair, and comparison. But life isn’t supposed to be that way. We aren’t supposed to be so consumed by the things that have no value. The truth is that life is beautiful. Even in it’s messiness, it’s wonderful. Open your eyes to the goodness that each morning brings, and find joy in the little things that ultimately make up our lives.
“I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man.” Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
Look, I know people get on your nerves. After all, you get on their nerves too. It’s so easy for us to judge the people around us, and criticize the way they live, or how they look at life. In the chaos of our own agendas, we lose sight of the benefits of true community. We miss out on what love can do. Just love people. It doesn’t matter where they’re at or what they’ve done. You’d be surprised what can happen if you stop living for you and simply share some love.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:31
You and I have a hard time being here. We’re focused on something that happened years ago, and still affects us today, or we’re too consumed with what could happen tomorrow that we miss out on today. The simple truth is that today is all we have. That’s it. The past is gone. It moved us and yet, it’s not here anymore. But you are. Your future hasn’t happened yet. You haven’t earned it and it’s not promised. But today is here. Now is here. So why aren’t you? Stop worrying about things that aren’t in your control. Focus on today. Look people in the eyes. Share a smile. Spend time with your family. Make the most of the time you do have, one day at a time.
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
Do Things that Matter
What are you really living for? Your job? Your status? Your success? Think about it and ask yourself if it’s really worth your soul. What does it matter if we get everything we ever wanted, and yet lose ourselves in the process? As human beings, we all fall. We’re frail. We trip and stumble of the same things that steal from us the very thing they promise: life. Stop chasing worthless things, and do thing that matter. Write that book. Preach that sermon. Give your stuff away. Invest in others. Stand up for the weak. We get one chance at this life, why waste it?
“Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” Psalm 119:37
Life is short. Live it well.