So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom – Psalm 90:12 (NKJV)
I was invited recently to speak on living intentionally at an event. During my conversation with the host, he said “for most people that he knows, it is trial and error”. I thought to myself that before you can practice living intentionally, you need to fully grasp what life is in the first place. So in this blog post, i will be sharing my thoughts about life gleaned from my study of the scriptures over the years. Life is ……….
#1. A cycle. Your life is a cycle of intertwined seasons of seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night. For as long as there is life on the earth, these cycles do not stop. You cannot stop the seasons, but you can study their patterns and trends. This will help you to perceive and prepare for the next seasons before they come so that you can maximize the opportunities they present. Remember that failure to prepare is in itself a preparation for failure.
#2 A few days. Your life is that time interval between your entry into the earth and your exit from the earth. No matter how long you get to live on this side of eternity, it is a few days compared to eternity. If you can see the minuteness of your time on earth in relation to eternity – a realm of timelessness, it will help you make crucial decisions everyday to maximize every moment in your life with eternity in view because how you use or misuse every moment is critical.
#3. A vapor. Life can be there one moment and the next moment it is not. Every year, as one year draws to a close and the New Year is awaited with expectation, some people live to see the New Year’s Eve but do not enter into the New Year. Because of the transient nature of life, you are to live life one day at a time to the full in the pursuit of your purpose, passion and potential and not just merely exist. One wise man said: ‘Yesterday is in the tomb, tomorrow is in the womb and today is the present (gift) – so use it wisely to make a difference’
#4. A race. Your life is like a race. This race may not necessarily be a sprint; more often, it is more of a marathon with twists, turns and challenges that tests your tenacity, resilience, endurance, discipline, self-control and faith. In the race of life, it is not how you start that really matters. What really matters is how you finish! How you finish is determined by the chances that you take and the choices that you make. However, not everyone that starts a race ends up finishing. To finish, you must understand that it is a process, be willing to plan for it, prepare for it and pay the necessary price. Do remember that finishing your race is not accidental, nor is it as a result of luck, but it is intentional and the direct product of concentrated pursuit of your purpose and passion in life. No matter what you do or how you started, in the final analysis, make sure that you are pursuing your own dream and not just living another man’s dream. What I am saying to you is: Don’t run another man’s race; run your own.
#5. A choice. One of the greatest powers that you have in life is the power to choose between good and evil, right and wrong, yes and no etc. You make choices and then your choices make you. This ability is so awesome and far-reaching in implication because your decisions rightly or wrongly made determines your destiny. Don’t make major decisions when:
- It is hasty or impulsive
- You are tired
- You do not have all the relevant facts or information
- You are angry or hungry
- It will jeopardize your integrity or call it to question
- It is harsh and rash
- It is out of fear
Some key decisions you have to make are: who to worship, what to worship, who to marry, where to live and what to do with your life.
Aim to make quality decisions because the quality of your decisions will determine the quality of your life.
What are your views from your perspective about life and living intentionally? What can you do differently today to get you started on the journey of intentionally living? Share your thoughts, leave a comment on Facebook orTwitter