When did life become one big to do list? Where all we do is try to cross things off the list so that we can move on to the next thing. It’s not really living.
When was the last time you sat down and really reflected? I mean not just thinking about what I need to get done today, but rather an in depth search of yourself. Asking questions like “what am I meant to do with this one life I have been given?” Or taking the time to evaluate if what your spending your time doing aligns with your values. Have you sat down to think about what changes you can make today that will greatly impact your future?
You may think ain’t nobody got time for that whole reflecting, evaluating, realigning, and focusing yourself thing! But I’m finding out more and more it is beyond necessary. We can go through life doing, or we can go through life living. I want to get to the end of my rope in life and realize that I squeezed every opportunity, every gift, and gave my all to this life that God has given me. I want to know that I have searched for what God deems important in life and know that I chose that.
It’s hard when there is so much to distract us from what is important. Possessions, careers, money, pride, and vanity can quietly convince us that they are more important to focus on than being generous, kind, loving, selfless, and sacrificial. “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 takes evaluation, introspection, and reflection to figure out if what we are doing with our time, abilities, and money aligns with the things of the world or what God cares about.
I’m learning that I really don’t know what I want to do with the rest of my life – like where I want to be professionally, where I want to live, will I be married or have kids. I find myself wanting to be more concerned about this moment and what matters. How can I give of my time and abilities now? How can I help others matter? What habits can I change now to help me be able to give even more in the future? Does my time reflect my current values and what do I need to change in order to do so?
Your questions may be different than mine, but there are questions that you need to ask yourself. Taking the time to reflect and think about what it is you need to answer for yourself will help focus what you need to be doing that will matter more.
I haven’t taken the time to reflect in a while. I think because of fear. Fear that I’m going to have to change, that I’m required now to do something, scared of failure, and to be perfectly honest the fear of looking into myself and not liking what I see. However, creating change begins with figuring out what needs to change, and you can’t do that unless you start somewhere.
Focus on what matters. Take the time to reflect on what those things are that matter. You may find that there are things that you need to change and things that you need to continue to focus on doing more of. Life shouldn’t feel like checking things of a to do list, rather it should feel like living out things that matter to make a difference in yourself and others.