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 John 4; John 10:10; John 15:5, 8; 10-11; Romans 12:1-2

make the most of your life, goals, purpose

She was a woman who had been searching. Searching for unconditional love. Searching for something true and lasting. Searching unsuccessfully.

Married five times, she gave up on her dream –  but the longing was still there. So she settled. She settled for a living arrangement with a man who wouldn’t commit to marriage.

Jesus told her he could give her the life and love she had always wanted and she would never thirst for those things again. Like living water, his unconditional love would never run dry or grow stagnant.

The trajectory of her life had been set on the wrong course. She had been looking in all the wrong places.

In our culture today, there are excessive influences to sort through. Information bombards us from every direction influencing who we are and who we become. Various principles and paradigms are freely shared through social media. 

We’re tempted to believe the world’s pleasures can satisfy our souls. We fritter away the years settling for things that don’t last and could never satisfy the deepest longings in our hearts.

We allow the influences of friends, life experiences, family situations, and even the need for validation and affirmation to drive us.

This was the reality in my life at one time. I lived life by my own standards and filtered everything through my limited human understanding, perspectives, and strength.  

As a result, I stumbled into young adulthood without solid direction. Bottom line: I sputtered, stalled, and learned life lessons the hard way.

The trajectory of life is typically set during adolescence and young adulthood. For many, once set, that trajectory never changes. We float along without really considering what’s happening.

Sometimes it’s necessary to reset the trajectory.

 Why?

Because we are meant to have fullness of life. 

Jesus said it so clearly.

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

JESUS makes fullness of life possible and you are meant to have it.

Sometimes the trajectory of our lives takes us away from what’s best for us – and we don’t even realize it.

We miss out on God’s created intent for our lives.

So how do we find what’s real? How do we fulfill our purpose? How do we find true meaning? How do we live with confidence in our value, identity, and position? How do we make the most of our lives?

Here are three things you can do to make the most of your life:

I)  Get confident discernment for your life by recognizing and embracing the priceless value and complete reliability of the Bible. It’s the only trustworthy source of wisdom to live life by.  

Allowing God’s wisdom to guide and frame your life will give you the ability to have healthier relationships, filter through cultural influences, and make the best possible choices each day. (Romans 12:1-2)

I can’t say enough about the importance of relying on the Bible as your source of wisdom.

II)  Find focus for your life through the realization that knowing God and living to magnify his glory are the ultimate purpose of all creation.

Live . for . his . glory.

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:8

God is glorified when we:

  1. Live wonderstruck by his greatness.
  2. Joyfully put the spotlight on his majesty.
  3. Give him credit for who he is and what he does.

III)  Live by Christ’s inexhaustible power. Jesus is the vine. We’re the branches. Branches rooted in the vine get sustenance. Branches cut off from the vine wither and die.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

We can’t do anything of lasting or eternal value apart from Christ. No real personal transformation occurs without him.

Depending wholly and completely on the power of God’s Holy Spirit gives us both the desire and the ability to bear fruit, accomplish our purpose, and walk in a manner worthy of the gospel. 

So what’s the trajectory of your life? Has it been determined by culturally imposed views and values? Has it been influenced by social groups, past experiences, or your need for validation and affirmation?

Where are you headed? What’s your purpose? How do you maneuver life? 

I challenge you to evaluate and, if necessary, reset the trajectory of your life today.

Discernment. Focus. Power. Get them and make the most of the life you’ve been given. 

Our days are short. The time is now.

 

 Lisa~

 


 

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2 Comments

  1. Kathleen says:

    Indeed! “Our days are short. The time is now.”

    As someone once said, “Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

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