Where Do I Go From Here?

Have you ever wondered, “Where do I go from here?”

Has there ever been a moment when you have taken stark inventory of the personal investment in the life that you have been given and asked, “What should I do with the rest of my life?”

Or perhaps, in light of the truth that one’s life passes with sonic speed, have you ever questioned, “What will I do with the time that I have left on earth?”

When I consider those unanswerable yet meaningful questions, I come up with a myriad of answers.

I know that I will continue to breathe in and out … to make my bed every day … and to figure out what to fix for dinner on any given night of the week.

But life is more than that.  Life is more than recipes … and clean sheets … and gasping for air.

I know that I will continue to take long walks … to love the sunshine of summer … and to delight in a good read.

But life is more than my preferences … my delight … and the things that I personally enjoy.

I know that I will play the piano … enjoy the comfort of a blazing fire in the winter … and anxiously await spring’s first bloom.

But life was never meant to be lived inwardly.

Life is more than me.  Life is more than my pleasure … my comfort … and my ideas.

Life was intrinsically meant to be lived … richly and fully!

Life was designed to be experienced … with gusto and enthusiasm.

Life was always meant to be filled with eternal meaning.

Life, when lived appropriately and in its fullness, was meant to be given away.

As I ponder the next three or so decades of my life, I know that the years that I have remaining this side of heaven will fly by.  I am fully cognizant that each day is a miraculous gift and not to be wasted.

And so, I have made a few simple but important determinants. 

This is how I will live with delight:

I will smile at children and kiss the irresistible faces of babies.

I will.

I will listen to the wisdom of those who are older than I and honor their perspective birthed from experience.

I will.

I will laugh every day … hug my husband … and call my mom.

I will.

I will stay in touch with old friends … make new friends … and try to send thank you notes.

I will.

I will celebrate Christmas with reverence and with enthusiasm.

I will.

I will embrace Thanksgiving as a lifestyle and not as a mere holiday.

I will.

I will wring the joy out of an ordinary day.

I will.

And, I have determined that I will live my life with immaculate honor and uncompromising morals.  This is what I determine:

I will live with honor and with integrity every day of my life.

I will.

I will encourage others with my words and with my actions.

I will.

I will forgive quickly and will release my anger with the setting of the sun.

I will.

I will bring peace to relationships and to confusing circumstances

I will.

I will choose to give more than I receive and to build a life on generosity not on material gain.

I will.

I will abstain from gossip and from partaking in negative conversations.

I will.

I will love truth more than ego.

I will.

But the greatest determinant of my life has always been, and will always be, to give my life away for the sake of the Gospel.

I will live to make hell smaller and heaven bigger.

I will.

I will spend time in the Word of God and ask God for revelation knowledge so that I can communicate the truth found only in the Word.

I will.

I will devote my life to prayer.

I will.

I will live personally and professionally by the moral principles found in the Bible.

I will.

I will allow God to use my life as a receptacle for His glory and for His goodness.

I will.

I will worship when the world is falling down around me.

I will.

I will decrease so that He will increase in me.

I surely will.


And now … I would love to hear from you!  What are determinates that you choose to live by in the remaining years of your life?

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