I want to remember the smell of my baby’s breath and the soft contour of her toddler face, because I was there. I want to remember the ramblings of tales, and the twinkle of son’s eyes, because I saw him. I want my pre-teen beauty to have the confidence to tell me of her crisis, that she has nothing to wear, and know I care, because I listened. I want to laugh quiet-loud, while all else is asleep, with my night-owl eldest beauty, knowing those times will come fewer and farther between, because she is soon going to be spreading her wings.
But, I will miss the beauty of these moments if I am not living purposefully — pursuing God and cultivating my most important relationships.
I wake up to a new day — the same, sometimes daunting, 24 hours to manage every day. I purpose not to spend my days in crisis mode — the urgent pushing out the important, but sometimes I get tangled up. The busyness requires my permission. Saying YES to an activity, means saying NO to another. Time spent is always at the cost of something else.
Years from now, when I look back on how I spent my life, I do not want to find myself burdened with the anguish of regret over the time squandered, relationships neglected, and missed God-designed opportunities.
So how do we live intentionally?
Knowing how to say NO to the right things and YES to the right things, is the true essence of living with intentionality, and cannot be done apart from God’s Word. Ephesians 5:15-17 is a guide for our days.
Look carefully then how you walk! Live PURPOSEFULLY and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as WISE, 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.
To Live Purposefully: Pray God will teach us to realize how short our lives are. Then our hearts will become wise. Psalm 90:12
To Live Wise: Pray for wisdom, which God bestows liberally despite our faults, when we ask in faith. James 1:5-6
To Live In God’s Will: Acknowledge God, and listen for His voice in everything. He’s the one who will keep us on track. Proverbs 3:6
Our hours and days should reflect our priorities, and all the different parts of our life align with our core values, in the same direction, and that direction is pointed toward our life’s God given purpose.
If my days are blurred, and swiftly passing, I know I am not truly living, I then take a step back, and I ask myself a question. The answer to the question helps filter my YES, and give me the courage to say NO. The answer helps me hold tenaciously to the most important things, and let go of the what does not really matter. I will ask you the same question. Will you tell us?
What do you regret from yesterday?
Now, let us live today differently. By His grace, we can.
Michele-Lyn is a wife and homeschooling mama to four beautiful gifts. She blogs at A Life Surrendered. There, you will find stories of her walking out her days, in pursuit of God — trials and triumphs. She writes in the hope it will to bring encouragement, especially to weary mamas. She shares the truths she holds tightly to in the fight for the family, and also desires to stir a passion to seek God. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter.