This is more than a vocabulary lesson. I want to add depth to what it means to live deliberately.
What Living Deliberately Means
Living deliberately is the antithesis to living passively. Passive means accepting or allowing what happens without an active response or resistance. Deliberate living means doing life consciously, fully considered, and not hastily, but in a careful way.
Living deliberately means we live unhurried and with one’s eyes wide open. It also means we seek the counsel of others.
To live deliberately we study our lives. We examine ourselves. We get to know ourselves better. We discover what our driving passions are, and what strengths and gifts we posses.
Living deliberately means considering our life. It means we are thoughtful about the decisions we make, and mindful of the direction those decisions take us.
Living deliberately means living intentional and purposeful — living confidently toward a purpose we are sure of.
Deliberate Life Biblically Defined
If there is anyone scripture that we could hinge living deliberately on, it is Ephesians 5:15-17.
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” NASB
The Message says it like this, “Watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.”
The Amplified version is my favorite. It expounds on this scripture adding descriptors and directives that become standards for us to compare and aim our lives. Yes, it is okay and right to compare our lives when we are comparing them to scripture.
“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise, sensible, intelligent people. Making the very most of your time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.”
Are you living purposefully? Worthily? Accurately? Wisely? Making the most of your time? Do you firmly grasp God’s will? Is is okay, friend. If you are not, do you want to? The desire to is all you need in order to begin.
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