In the months approaching this half-century mark of my life, it has come to my attention with increasing frequency that we do not get any do-overs when it comes to the time that we are given to spend this side of eternity. And, I will admit, I waste a lot of it. I don’t like looking back over my days and taking stock of how much time I’ve spent in my chair scrolling Facebook or online shopping sites. Or even worse… getting caught up in Candy Crush.
My overarching goal for this downhill stretch of life is to be much more intentional with my moments and my days. I decided my philosophy would become “A Life Well-Lived.” But now I have to decide exactly what that means. The idea behind this is to be more consistent in seeing and valuing the eternal that is bound up in each moment here on earth and to make those eternal treasures my priority.
In sharing this with a few close friends, I’ve gotten some interesting responses. Almost everyone has said, “No regrets.” But for me, I don’t think that’s realistic. I mean, let’s face it- the first time I eat that second piece of bread tonight at dinner I’ve blown that one!
Anyway, I’m just going to throw out my “Top Ten” list of ways I will begin committing to living my life well. Maybe you have some you would like to share, and I welcome your input.
10. Be a wise steward of money and other resources
09. Simplify- clear the clutter, do more with less stuff
08. Make more time for reading and writing
07. Get out in the yard more often
06. When it comes to big tasks, slow down and savor the accomplishments along the way. Set more realistic goals for myself.
05. Bake bread more often (for others!), and learn to crochet again
04. Travel more
03. Be healthy- a better steward of the body and energy God has given me
02. Focus on what I will leave behind when I’m no longer here- not the material things, but those investments I can make in the lives of others
01. Pray first, pray always, pray with the intent to deepen my fellowship with Christ
We all understand there’s no way that “A Live Well-Lived” can be summed up in ten statements. This is just a starting point, and over the following days, I will enlarge on these, and maybe add some more.
Now, it’s your turn- how will you define your Life Well-Lived?