There is a line in the movie “Braveheart” in which Mel Gibson’s character states, “Every man dies but not every man truly lives.” Such rhetoric speaks to the heart of most men. We all want something more than mere existence. We want a life which stands for something, means something and is remembered. We want something extraordinary about our existence. How we define what it means to “truly live” and live an extraordinary life is different for each of us but generally speaking…
Real and Extraordinary Living Begins When We:
- Live by faith — Can you tell someone something for which you are having faith in God for at this very moment? I am not talking about heaven. I am talking about something you have a word from God about and are depending upon Him to do for you. Something that if God doesn’t come through your life would become a mess? If not then you aren’t “really living”
- Stop Making Excuses — Most people are capable of far more than they ever imagine. Far too many folks suffer a type of “personal paralysis” which prevents them from living by faith and participating in God’s ambition for their life. These are the folks who always have a reason for why they aren’t pursuing their dreams. In the end they are left with excuses and regrets over a life which they failed to live.
- Stop Being Lazy — Far too many folks fail to truly live because they are too lazy to even try. Real living requires effort, hard work and sacrifice. If you aren’t willing to find the motivation for such, you are doomed to a life of unrealized dreams and unmet expectations. Get up off the coach, put away the smartphone and do something with your time.
- Take a First Step — Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is your life. Our life is the accumulation of decisions and actions over time. What your life becomes in the future is the result of what you choose to do with today, tomorrow and everyday between now and then. Refuse to be overwhelmed with the enormity of the task ahead and do what you can today to pursue the dreams God has given you. The old parable is true: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” You will be surprised at what you can accomplish with simple consistency of action over time.
- Decide We Don’t Know Everything — Lifelong learners are the ones who become winners in life. The moment we stop learning is the moment we start dying. Life is a process of growth which requires a teachable spirit and a willingness to hear new ideas.
- Stop Inventing Reasons to Fail — Ever wonder why it is you can give yourself three reasons for why something will fail for every one reason it will succeed? Perhaps you are one of those people who have the “gift” for creative negativity! You have the ability to paint in vivid strokes a picture of impending doom for each new opportunity in life. Turn your mind in a new direction! Put a hiatus on the negative machine working overtime in your brain and begin listening to the voice of God’s Spirit! Choose faith in Him! Nobody ever benefited by meditating on the ways a new opportunity could turn into a colossal failure.
- Stop Listening to the Naysayers — There are always plenty of folks ready to discourage you from trying anything new. These are typically people too afraid to take a leap of faith in their own life. Once you feel certain of God’s will for your life shut your ears to anyone who would discourage you from your dreams and the plans He has given you!
“We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which He has prepared in advance for us to do.” — Ephesians 2:10
There is only one life and it will soon pass. The years we are given are a precious gift. Look at yourself…are you really living? If so then keep pushing ahead by faith; if not make today the first day of the rest of your life! Make today the starting point for a life well LIVED!
A Better Life