Where Do I Go From Here?
Have you ever wondered, “Where do I go from here?”
Has there ever been a moment when you have taken stark inventory of the personal investment in the life that you have been given and asked, “What should I do with the rest of my life?”
Or perhaps, in light of the truth that one’s life passes with sonic speed, have you ever questioned, “What will I do with the time that I have left on earth?”
When I consider those unanswerable yet meaningful questions, I come up with a myriad of answers.
I know that I will continue to breathe in and out … to make my bed every day … and to figure out what to fix for dinner on any given night of the week.
But life is more than that. Life is more than recipes … and clean sheets … and gasping for air.
I know that I will continue to take long walks … to love the sunshine of summer … and to delight in a good read.
But life is more than my preferences … my delight … and the things that I personally enjoy.
I know that I will play the piano … enjoy the comfort of a blazing fire in the winter … and anxiously await spring’s first bloom.
But life was never meant to be lived inwardly.
Life is more than me. Life is more than my pleasure … my comfort … and my ideas.
Life was intrinsically meant to be lived … richly and fully!
Life was designed to be experienced … with gusto and enthusiasm.
Life was always meant to be filled with eternal meaning.
Life, when lived appropriately and in its fullness, was meant to be given away.
As I ponder the next three or so decades of my life, I know that the years that I have remaining this side of heaven will fly by. I am fully cognizant that each day is a miraculous gift and not to be wasted.
And so, I have made a few simple but important determinants.
This is how I will live with delight:
I will smile at children and kiss the irresistible faces of babies.
I will listen to the wisdom of those who are older than I and honor their perspective birthed from experience.
I will laugh every day … hug my husband … and call my mom.
I will stay in touch with old friends … make new friends … and try to send thank you notes.
I will celebrate Christmas with reverence and with enthusiasm.
I will embrace Thanksgiving as a lifestyle and not as a mere holiday.
I will wring the joy out of an ordinary day.
And, I have determined that I will live my life with immaculate honor and uncompromising morals. This is what I determine:
I will live with honor and with integrity every day of my life.
I will encourage others with my words and with my actions.
I will forgive quickly and will release my anger with the setting of the sun.
I will bring peace to relationships and to confusing circumstances
I will choose to give more than I receive and to build a life on generosity not on material gain.
I will abstain from gossip and from partaking in negative conversations.
I will love truth more than ego.
But the greatest determinant of my life has always been, and will always be, to give my life away for the sake of the Gospel.
I will live to make hell smaller and heaven bigger.
I will spend time in the Word of God and ask God for revelation knowledge so that I can communicate the truth found only in the Word.
I will devote my life to prayer.
I will live personally and professionally by the moral principles found in the Bible.
I will allow God to use my life as a receptacle for His glory and for His goodness.
I will worship when the world is falling down around me.
I will decrease so that He will increase in me.
I surely will.
And now … I would love to hear from you! What are determinates that you choose to live by in the remaining years of your life?