“LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS”
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).
How can we live a life that matters? Here are some thoughts to consider:
1. Begin with your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Christians live with the conviction that our lives find meaning and purpose in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Another translation reads, “Life more abundant.” It means living a meaningful life.
2. Let God guide you.
God has promised to instruct us and guide us in God’s way (Psalm 32:8). When Jesus called His disciples to follow Him, He said “I will make you” (Mark 1:17) meaning “I will shape you.” A life shaped by God is a life of purpose.
3. Live joyfully.
Jesus said, “I have come that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). Although He was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3), Jesus was the most joy-filled person who ever lived. A Boston newspaper once printed the following words about a stand-out New England preacher named Phillips Brooks (1835-1893): “The day was dark and gloomy, but Phillips Brooks walked down Newspaper Row and all was bright.” Do people see the joy of Christ in our lives?
4. Be a friend.
Everyone needs a friend. Even Jesus needed friendship. Near the end of His earthly life, Jesus made an incredible statement to His disciples, “From now on I do not call you servants but friends” (John 15:15). To be called a friend of God is the ultimate friendship and the supreme compliment. The ability to share that friendship with others is life’s most rewarding experiences.
5. Show genuine compassion.
I like the way a little girl said it. “Compassion is love with skin on it.” In other words, compassion is love lived out. There is a difference between sympathy and empathy. To feel sympathy is to feel for someone. To feel empathy is to feel with someone. Touching lives can be our greatest legacy.
6. Spend time with those you love.
Over the years I have conducted hundreds of funerals. When we lose a loved one, the thing we remember most about that person is time spent with them. At the end of the day, no one says, “I wish I had spent more time at the office, or closed more deals, or made more money.” Quality time makes a difference.
7. Do everything for the glory of God.
In I Corinthians 10:31 we read, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” I think the words of the poet C.T. Studd say it best: “Only one life soon will be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”