If you had to live your life over again, what would you do differently?
In studies asking this question to people at the end of their lives, three answers are always at the top:
- Risk More
- Reflect More
- Do More Things That Live On After You Die
You don’t have to wait to do these things. Life is too short not to enjoy the journey at every age.
When I was in my teens, I wondered what life would be like in my 20’s. In my 20’s I thought about life in my 30’s. Then I looked back and thought about how much fun I had “back then.” Finally, I realized that someday I’ll look back and think about how neat things were, so I might as well take stock of the great things going on in my life right now and enjoy them.
I need to enjoy this age and stage in life.
In the book Win The Day, Mark Batterson points out that people often wait to enjoy things when they get to a certain point in life. They feel like the “grass will be greener” when they do this, move there, or make something different happen.
The truth is: If you don’t enjoy life now, you won’t enjoy it then. If you don’t enjoy life here, you won’t enjoy it there.
If we’re going to risk more, we need to begin now, today. As Andy Stanley said, “You’re probably never going to be more than about 80% certain.” Have you been thinking of doing something new? Now is the time.
Think about your blessings and be thankful for the opportunities and experiences you’ve had. Think back and think ahead. Set aside screens and technology, stay rooted in Scripture, and enjoy listening for God’s voice to lead and guide. Spend more time talking with friends and family about life. Reflecting is good for us in many ways.
Doing Things That Live On
Let’s make sure we’re investing in things that are going to live on after we die. What is the big contribution you will be giving to the world? How will your God-given gifts be used for kingdom work? How will you invest your life?
Risking, taking time to reflect, and doing things that live on after you die are three ways to enjoy the journey.