gallery, Living Alive with Passion and Intention, Living with Goals, Passionately Pursuing Christ Thursday, September 11, 2014
We all get the same amount of time in this life. The question comes in how we choose to spend this precious gift and commodity.
This year I've been working on finding myself again. Resting, refueling, and rediscovering my passions and what makes me come alive. I have lived the greater part of my life by default, and giving my time away freely, as Linda Dillow explains in Calm My Anxious Heart (#currentlyreading):
"If we haven’t chosen what we are living for, we’re living life by default, acting out the scripts handed to us by family, other people’s agendas, and the pressures of circumstances. This is not living as a woman who knows the meaning and purpose of life."
This is not the kind of life I want to live. I want to live with passion and intention alive to each day unwrapping the gift of time like a child on Christmas morning.
This year I've been getting closer to that vision.
At a recent play date a friend shared with me an observation she witnessed in my life. She told me how she couldn't believe how much I accomplished from day to day. As I started to cut her off (I don't take compliments well) she said, "No, let me continue."
She went on, "I was thinking about HOW you do it and realized it is because you have this big picture goal and purpose and everything flows from that."
YES!!!! This is my dream. This is how I want to live each day, not that I acheive this ideal by any means. I still see many times when I become distracted, just by living life or by tasks that demand my attention yet aren't important.
"The process of living, day in and day out, tends to dilute and divert focus. We become so busy that we have no time to consider how we live." Linda Dillow, Calm My Anxious Heart
We have to go beyond the moment and we must consider how we want to live. I don't want to live as an innocent bystander to my own life. I don't want to live by default and focus on what others want from me without really living alive to the purposes God has called me to as an individual during my short time here.
Several year ago I claimed a life purpose: My focus is to give God glory in everything I do. This is my goal for my online life as well as my in-the-flesh life. This comes from my life verse, 1 Corinthians 10:31:
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
From my life's purpose, this year I've been working on figuring out what else I feel specifically called to and set apart for. Lara Casey's #PowerSheets helped me to really hone in on what makes me come alive and what I feel God is calling me to do with my precious time here on earth.
It's not just about weekly or daily goal setting (although that is a big part of helping bring your big purposes to a fleshing-out stage), first it has to be about setting overarching big-picture goals or purposes by finding what you are called to and passionate about.
For example, what I believe one of my purposes to be in this season of my life is, "Purposefully show love to my kids and influence their lives for Christ's sake."
Another one is, "Use every opportunity in real life, as well as using the internet and written word, to encourage women in pursuing life right where God has them."
The #PowerSheets are the tool God has used to help me go from my one big life purpose to five additional over-arching goals and purposes. I love how the #PowerSheets guided me in making these goals/purposes as well as helping me discover why I feel called to these purposes, how I am going to live them out, and what I am going to do about it on a monthly/weekly/daily basis.
(I highly recommend snagging a set of #PowerSheets once the 2015 packet is released, they have been a great influence this year as I have been working on my purposes and goals and bringing passion back into my life. I plan to continue using them to shape my days.)
Once we have these clear goals, everything we do or want to do can filter through them. This process will help us be women of purpose. We will be able to see more clearly what we can let go and what we need to pursue with intention and passion to achieve our purposes.
We won't get the life we want unless we make the choices necessary.
A purposeful life doesn't just happen, we have to intentionally seek it.Click to Tweet.
Because I now have this one big purpose and these five over-arching goals, I am getting so much more done.
I'm not wasting my time attempting to do things for others that don't make me come alive. I'm not doing things just because I think I should be doing them.
I am doing the things I feel God has specifically called me to, and doing them on a regular basis, and it is pumping passion through my blood and making me productive and full of energy to live this life God has given me.
I just finished reading Notes from a Blue Bike this week and I love what Tsh says here,
"Making your days, choices, and relationships count toward something ultimately doesn’t matter if you don’t know what that something is."
Once we have our purposes that we want to work toward, we know better how to set goals and "to dos" and that will make us accomplish so much more than simply wandering on this globe with no direction.