Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Living Life Intentionally

When you look back on your life, what do you want to see? - Connor, a friend of mine (at a working bee we were at last weekend)

My answer (after some thought): I would like to see a life lived intentionally to make a difference in this world for Jesus.

The night before, I had a discussion with another friend (actually, the older brother of Connor, who asked me the first question mentioned). One of the topics we discussed was 1 Corinthians 13:11, which says:

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. - 1 Corinthians 13:11

His definition of 'the ways of childhood' was 'something that doesn't have eternal value'. I like this definition. It doesn't fall into legalism (you must do that vs. you must not do that) or permissiveness.

My example would be that I don't normally play/build with LEGO or buy it anymore, but I'll still play a game with my younger siblings. The eternal value is that I'm investing in their lives as I play with them.

A line from a song I heard over the weekend: I don't want to spend my whole life asking 'What if I had given everything?' (link to song)

This idea is one of my main 'takeaways' from the working bee I was at. A filter to pass everything I do or think about doing through: Does this activity hold eternal value? If not, then I should seriously consider whether I should be doing it.

Don't waste your life. Live life intentionally for Jesus.


  1. You linked to my post! :P I'm honoured.

    Also not to be pedantic but the song line is actually, "I don't want to spend my whole life asking..."

    Neat post.