Do Not Settle for a Mediocre Life
“What will be the legacy of your life? What story will the days of your life tell?”
Will you own your life?
Will you invest it in what matters, what lasts?
Or will you waste it by frittering the days on what does not matter?
Those are questions I have pondered much since May 2003. After my Congestive Heart Failure diagnosis and Open Heart Surgery, I had a lot of time to think as I watched other people care for my young children and mange my household. It was very painful, and yet life-giving, to realize during that time, that many years of wasteful living were behind me. The legacy I was leaving my children was very weak and lacked the richness of wisdom, faithfulness, beauty and love. And so I began a journey.
Learning to Embrace
Since that time I have been learning to embrace the truth that my life matters. I am making the choice, daily, to live with intention even though there are many wasted years behind me. And I realize that there is no grand stage ahead of me. There are only the “tucked in” moments at home, in the van, in the here and there of daily life. That is my arena for pouring out the very essence of Gospel influence, love and grace. I purpose to no longer settle for a mediocre life, but to own my life and make it count for something lasting.
In Sally Clarkson’s book, Own Your Life, these words gave shape to moments in my life that I didn’t know where to place… “putting together the pieces of your unique life puzzle”. Each of us do have a different life puzzle to put together. Once we realize that, even the oddly shaped pieces find a place in the whole.
There are many pieces to my puzzle that I would have liked to throw away, even throw back at God. But now, I can look back over so many years. There is so much that is very hard, yet I am beginning to see the “wholeness” of me. The way I am even able to seek and know my Creator is shaped by all the pieces of my life puzzle. Those terrible pieces, the seemingly wasted ones, all fit together with the better, more beautiful pieces to create a picture of sacred redemption. Someday I will see the final picture of my life, and I no longer dread that moment! What a tremendous gift, to no longer live with dread.
How do you relate to the ideal that we each have a unique life puzzle?
All the pieces of your life fit together and add up to a full life, a life that was planned for you alone to live. Ephesians 4 says
“you are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which He planned in the beginning.”
I hope you will be encouraged not to settle for a mediocre life, but know that your life has remarkable purpose and truly matters!