No one gets to the end of life and says, “I wish I would have worked more.” We all want to look back on our lives and know that we lived them to the fullest. So how can we make sure that we’re living life to the fullest right now?
The Bible tells us that we are allotted a certain number of days on this earth, and we must make the most of them. Today is a new day with new opportunities to do just that. Let’s not squander it by getting caught up in the mundane or chasing after things that don’t really matter. Instead, let’s use today to pursue what’s truly important: living out our faith and glorifying God with our lives.
How many days do you have left? Because the number of days is uncertain, we can easily allow work to consume us and take up more time than necessary. We can become so focused on advancing our careers or providing “the better life” for our families that we forget to live life to the full. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Paul says in Philippians 3:13, “but one thing I do, forgetting those things behind and reaching forward to those things ahead”. Paul was clear that his goal was not merely to live, but to live well, with eternity in mind.
How do we live life to the full?
Prioritize your faith, family, and relationships
The word “prioritize” is defined as “to arrange (things or actions) in order of importance.” Suppose finding time for your faith, relationships, and family seems complicated because you focus your best energy on your career. In that case, it’s time to make changes.
It’s easy to get caught up in our careers and forget what really matters. But if we don’t prioritize our relationship with God and live out His will for our lives, then we’re missing out on one of the most precious gifts He has given us. We must make time for our loved ones. Spending time with family and friends is crucial to our overall happiness and well-being. They are a source of support and love, especially during difficult times.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
Connect with other believers.
Pursue hobbies and interests
Whether volunteering at your favorite charity, playing a musical instrument, or taking up a new hobby like photography, it’s crucial to find time for those things you enjoy. They can help you relax from the stresses of life, not to mention make you a more well-rounded person. We all experience stress from time to time, but it’s important to find a healthy way to deal with it. Some people like to work out or take walks when they’re feeling overwhelmed, while others may prefer to relax with a good book. Whatever makes you feel better, make sure to do it!
Taking some time for yourself is not only necessary but can also be enjoyable. Staying healthy and happy is key to living a good life, so don’t forget to have fun along the way!
Welcome new challenges
Challenges present us with opportunities to grow, explore and connect with others. They even help us find fulfillment in our work. If you’re feeling stuck or unfulfilled by your work, look for ways that you can change your routine or approach. Do something different for a little while until you’re ready for the next challenge.
The idea is not to abandon all responsibility but to allow ourselves moments where we can take care of ourselves without guilt or worry about being neglectful parents and spouses because we’ve done so much for our careers.
Try something new, learn a new skill, start a new hobby or go back to and pick someting up that you put down because work was just too demanding.
Prioritize your time and energy
Prioritize your time, energy, and focus, so you’re using them on what really matters.
The Bible says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” (1 John 2:15)
It’s easy for us to get caught up in our careers, chasing after success and recognition. But suppose we don’t take time to pause now and then to consider what really matters. In that case, we’ll never be able to prioritize what needs to be done today–and it may even distract us from more important tasks later on.
It can be challenging to balance everything out at once when every day brings new opportunities. For example, if you’re always working late trying to meet deadlines at work, you might miss out on something special happening with your kids. Give yourself permission to say no sometimes–to turn down opportunities that won’t allow you time for what’s most important in life.
We must not make the mistake of prioritizing our careers over God or our family.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
God is seeking us out. It’s up to us to take the initiative and pursue Him.
God doesn’t want us to just go through the motions – He wants us to passionately pursue Him. (Living a life of purpose)
Life is for living, and there is so much to see, do, and experience. Prioritize your life, not your career, and you’ll be able to enjoy the simple pleasures that make life worth living.
Let me know ways you’re prioritizing your life.