I was reminded of that this past weekend when my own sweet Dad was admitted to the hospital unexpectantly. He is okay, they are running more tests, but it gave all of us a scare. I love my Dad, I want him to live forever, but the reality is, he won’t and everyone else I love won’t either. The same weekend my Dad was in the hospital, my cousin lost her Dad as he also ended up in the hospital. Today is the memorial service. He was so young, my Dad is much older. I am so sad for her, but it made me think of what Psalm 90:12 says “Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.” I want wisdom to live each day don’t you? And yet so many of my days just happen randomly with no purpose or plan. I get tired, I get discouraged and the highs of yesterday turn into a reality check of life just plain hurts sometimes. That’s how I feel today, kind of blah, blah, blah. I know I am tired, it’s been crazy busy lately. How do you and I move past those thoughts and feelings living each day no matter what with purpose? God created us for a purpose and His delight is for us to live intentionally every single day!
Robert D. Smith in his book 20,000 Days and Counting gives insight into developing wisdom by measuring our life in days rather in years. He says this, If we learn how to die, we’ll know how to live; if we learn how to live, we’ll know how to die. Wow, that hit me hard. What he says in this short poignant book is that we shouldn’t wait until we have a crisis or trauma in our lives to live life with intensity, we should prepare right now. Knowing our purpose helps us to live life with intention. There are a great number of resources available to help figure out your purpose but I want to give you a simple one just now from his book I finished reading, because it only takes about 20 minutes.
He suggests you grab a blank piece of paper and just start writing, everything that comes to mind and repeat it until you get the answer that gets you excited or makes you jump up and down. That is the start. Everyone has a purpose, you weren’t created to just exist and go through life aimlessly. Even our mundane routines of life have purpose, they make up the bigger picture. It’s how we live out those routines and our attitude approach that makes the difference of living with intention. I am so learning this the past few years.
If you want to go further, find a life coach, grab this book 20,000 Days and Counting or one of the many others available resources by seasoned authors whose mission is to help others find their purpose. If you need some suggestions, I’d be happy to point you in the right direction. By the way, helping others find their purpose, is a passion of mine, it is part of the purpose I know God designed for me. If you go to the coaching part of my website, you can fill out a coaching questionnaire and I offer a free 30-minute consultation to get your started. Then you can decide where you want to go from there nothing more. It’s the message I am passionate about~living life with intention and purpose. www.cynthiacavanaugh.com/coaching/
We have no excuse people. We can choose to live with purpose each and every day. I am preaching to myself RIGHT NOW, because I woke up this morning feeling rather discouraged even when I have a lot of amazing things happening in my life right now, the ugly stuff seems to take over and put a black cloud over it all that keeps me being excited about this day, right now, right here. Tomorrow it will be my 19,853rd day of life. Am I up for the challenge? I hope so, okay, YES I AM!! Will you join me? What step can you take today to move into “carefully numbering your days to develop wisdom in your heart?” What is your purpose?