It is easy for us to not live intentionally, because we get swept off our feet by our life’s unwillingness to stop for us, and we don’t even realized it. If we looked back, though, we would find we are leaving regret in our wake.
I wrote a short list to help you know if you are not living a deliberate life. By no means is it exhaustive. These are notes I took from my own life. Everyone experiences some or all of these things at one time in their life or another. But if these things are chronic in our life — we are not really living. These things deplete us, drain our energy, and quench our passion. Going about our life this way keeps us from running the race we are truly called to run.
How do I know I am not living deliberately?
I am blessed, but I struggle with finding joy.
I crumble with life’s unexpected set backs and interruptions.
I feel unable to handle the stresses of everyday life.
My life is full of stuff, but it still feels like I am missing something.
I might even be willing to give it all up for that “something”.
There is no shortage of busyness, and I am always behind.
I feel the burden of being overcommitted, yet I do not know how to say, no.
I have lots of ideas that get pushed to the back burner, and I never get to try them.
I am overwhelmed, and it feels like I am struggling every day to stay afloat.
I walk aimlessly, because I lack of focus and purpose.
My life has a lot of activity, but not a lot of productivity.
I am doing a lot of things, but are at a loss for what I am supposed to be doing.
I have a dream that remains in my heart, but cannot imagine myself living it.
Do you see yourself in any of these statements?
You have potential you do not know you have. You have dreams that are God given and you are called to live. Maybe you do not afford yourself the luxury. Or maybe you do not know how to begin to follow them. You hear the call, but do not know how to answer it.
When we give up living on purpose, it is so easy to fill our lives with things that do not satisfy. We let our lives get cluttered and choke our passions. We hinder our ability to pursue the best things because of all the other good things we have committed to. We give away our yes freely, not counting the magnitude of the cost. Or we give our yes to occupy the empty space of our unfulfilled lives.
What remains is a stirring in your soul—a deep unsettledness.
But yes, there is more. There is another way we are called to live.
“Every one of us was made to do great things, and it is why something in us feels restless and discontent. Because deep down, we know we were created for some great purpose. And these great things we were built to do are for God, through God, and in God.”
— Jennie Allen, Restless: Because You Were Made for More
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