Finding The Meaning
If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.
Most of us do something during the last and first months of every year. And while I can understand our choosing this as the time to take a moment for those self-evaluations and reflections of the lives we have led during the preceding 12 months so that we can plan our strategy for the things we want to accomplish in the new year ahead, I have to wonder if it might not be a matter of too little too late! After all as we ponder the successes and failures that have comprised each life story, doesn’t it make more sense to take a long look at our story a bit more often so that the changes we want to make can be given the true attention they deserve, instead of finding it as number 18 on our itemized list of everything we hope to change? I think we are missing on a real opportunity for positive growth on a continuing basis by choosing this model, especially when those reflections are intended to help us to find our true purpose for living!
How many of you have given some thought to the fact that finding that purpose really is dependent on first living that purpose so that you are able to recognize the right direction you want to aim for tomorrow? Have you thought that sometimes purpose doesn’t simply happen but that it might just be a part of something that you have already succeeded in and it is because of that success, you are able to plan for an even bigger and stronger next step? But how do you first recognize that something is worthwhile continuing? Well, ask any life coach, and you will most likely find them telling you to make a list. And regardless whether the direction you want to aim for is with regards to your faith or your job or your family and friends, organizing your thoughts in a way that allows you to review them is really a positive step we all should consider. But how? What are the things we should look at? Well there are a myriad of questions, each different depending on who you are talking to. However, there are a few key things that, in my opinion, really warrant consideration. And while you may decide on a slightly different list, these are some that I think might be the most helpful! They are all things that I gave serious consideration to when I first began that decision of following the calling I felt that led me to re-examine my faith and what I wanted it to add to my life!
Who am I?
What makes me special?
What is missing in my life right now?
What do I need to do to make me truly happy?
What is the biggest thing I need to change?
What thing defines what I see as the best me?
What things have I worried about the most over the years?
Am I a good wife, mother, daughter and friend?
What frightens me the most?
Where do I see myself as being next week? Next month? Next year?
How do I want to be remembered when I am gone?
I have read the lists of others. One person even went so far as to list 95 questions everyone should know the answer to when trying to decide whether or not their life plan needs altering. I may have glossed over things a bit with my strategic planning. After all, I tailored it for what I needed answers to. As I said, you may choose an entirely different set of questions since no two people choose the same goals nor do we share the same hopes or dreams, for that matter. But spending some time doing a true self assessment really can help us to become the best person we want to be. And for me, my goals are to be the best person I can be for God, for me, for my family, for my community, for my country and for my world!
But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you,
Acts 26:16 ESV
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