Thursday, September 23, 2010

What Do You Want Your Life To Be About?

I sometimes think about how I will think or feel when I’m in my 80’s. Will I be in a retirement home or still living in my house? Will I be fairly healthy and active still, or will I be in a wheelchair? Will loved ones visit me often or will I feel all alone? Mostly, I think about how I will reflect on my life. Will I have loads of regrets on how I spent my time or will I have great stories to share and more ones taking place?
I want my life to be about something that matters. I don’t want to live to be a mature adult and look back and see that I wasted it. That I focused on things that didn’t really matter. When I’m in my 80’s – I’m guessing that how well I tended a garden, or how many books I read won’t matter very much. Those are great hobbies – but they don’t impact lives. And that’s what I want to do.

I want to know that my children and grandchildren value me because of the time I invested into them. I want to know that I tried to help as many people as I could who crossed my path in life. I want to feel content knowing that I gave “my” time to God and let Him handle the scheduling. I don’t want to look back and see that I was busy with time wasting things…but rather God-causes. I want to see that I made a difference in the lives of those around me.

I think everyone wants their lives to matter. The hard part is not getting distracted by other things. Jobs, social commitments, hobbies, finances, and other stresses can so easily consume all of our time. We fail to see that in the process, they are pulling us away from a destiny and purpose that God may have in mind for us.

Look at your normal weekly schedule. What is it full of? Is that just a season or phase in life or has it been that way for a few years now? If it has, maybe it’s time for a change. It’s so easy to get comfortable with the way things are – but often times we don’t feel fully “alive” and engaged in life because we aren’t fulfilling the call that God has for us! We either overlook it, avoid it, or ignore it. It’s easy to do when that call may scare you.

But we only get one chance at this thing called life. We only have this shot in life to matter – to make our lives count. If your heart is being pulled for the orphans in another country, do something about it! If you wish you could be a part of something larger than yourself, stop wishing and do something about it! God gave you that desire for a reason. I promise you, giving of yourself is the most freeing feeling you’ll ever have when it’s done unselfishly and with abandon.

What do you want your life to be about? When you’re getting older in your years and you look back on your life – will you have made it an adventurous story by thrusting yourself into the opportunities that were presented to you? Or will you simply sit by quietly in a chair and wish you’d done more, seen more, and experienced more? Ask God today to show you and lead you where He wants you. Ask Him to help you make the most of your life. I promise you – He will.


Anonymous said...

Preach it, sister!!
You are so right, Dionna! :)

Desert Dreaming said...

Don't know how I came upon your blog this evening, but I honestly believe God brought me here. There is so much going on in my life right now, that your site has just totally lifted me up. I am so blessed with a wonderful husband of 34 years and a healthy beautiful daughter, age 24, and try so hard to always be happy and upbeat, until late, and now a dear friend of mine of 24 years, is moving out of state, clear across the country tomorrow, I was only thinking of myself, not her happiness. Thank you so much for all your beautiful words. God Bless!!!

Dionna said...

I am so glad that God brought you here to read words that you needed at this very moment in your life.

I hope you'll be back.