As I creep toward 50, I’ve been spending lots of time reflecting on the past…and looking at how I want to define my life going forward.
And you know what? The secret to life isn’t too complicated.
I propose that life’s purpose is determined by three simple things.
Your life will be defined by people, relationships and experiences.
And we need to be intentional about each.
- People: We need to surround ourselves with good people. People that lift us up, inspire us and make us whole. We should seek out others who project the lives we want to live…those that have character traits that we desire.
Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals. I Corinthians 15:33
- Relationships: Life isn’t a solo activity. We are surrounded by people who are hurting and are crying for help. It’s our job to interact with those around us…to notice needs and offer help.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. I Peter 4:8
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. I Thessalonians 5:11
- Experiences: How are we spending our time? We have limited hours in the day, so we need to maximize each of them. Prioritize your hours, days and weeks to make sure that your time is well-spent. Make sure you are investing time in experiences that are fruitful and helpful.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16
My prayer this week is to be more intentional about the future. I want to invest in people, relationships and activities that add value to my life…and help others.
And let me know how I may pray for you.