Life is too short. Every day is filled with opportunities and possibilities. I cannot afford to wake up each day confined to a life of mere existence. I can’t risk drifting aimlessly through the day carried away by the winds of boredom and passiveness. I want to live with purpose each day. It is not a fancy feel good philosophical statement. It is something that can be lived out practically every day.
Every season matters. Every role matters.
Pursuing your life purpose is like running a marathon. It is not a sprint race or a one-time event. It is an ongoing process. There is an actionable purpose in every season of your life. There is a purpose in your role as a husband, as a wife, as a son, as a daughter, as a father, as a mother, as a homemaker, as a student, as a colleague, as a professional and more.
For example, as a father, you can aim to be the best version of yourself to your kids. You can intentionally plan to invest into their lives, spend time with them, mentor them and build a friendship with them.
Throw away things from life that stop you from being an inspiring role model to your children. This is your life purpose as a father. It is more than just providing for them and putting food on the table. You are responsible for their emotional and spiritual well-being too.
As a husband, you are called to love, cherish, nurture and lead your wife well. As a professional excel, learn, improve and innovate. Don’t settle for mediocrity.
If you are a student, what is your purpose at the moment? It is primarily academic learning. This is the time to gain understanding on various subjects, to learn new skills, to sharpen your talents, to discover your leaning on certain subjects and explore them further. You won’t get this time back, don’t squander it.
And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years.
– Abraham Lincoln
There should be prioritizing of purposes as you move back and forth between the roles. If you neglect your purpose in few roles and solely focus on one, it creates an unhealthy balance. It takes wisdom and discipline to be an all-round player.
Maybe you are a successful businessman or a professional, but that does not excuse you from aiming to be an awesome husband and father. You can succeed in building a great business but fail in building your own family.
There is nothing wrong in aiming to be the best in your trade or putting extra efforts to grow your business. Aiming for excellence or realizing your potential with your talents is a part of your purpose. But remember it’s just a part. You can be so consumed in achieving your dream or a goal that you can turn a blind eye to the relationships or things that matter the most.
I may die of many things but boredom will not be one of them.
Each day you can invest in learning, invest in relationships, create something, encourage someone, build others, build yourself, learn something new, pursue God, care for people around you, explore ideas, inspire someone, read to learn, meet challenges head-on, learn from mistakes, do the little things that matter and so much more. You don’t have any excuse to live a life of boredom.
Some days are good and easy, some days are tough. There are things that you can’t control. It’s okay, keep going. Purposes are time bound and if not perceived correctly and acted upon timely, you can end up with plenty of regrets. It takes intentionality and wisdom to manage your purposes.
Do you have the passion and hunger to accomplish and become all that God wants you to be? Then be the best version of yourself in each of these roles. Be focused on things that really matter in life. Live every day purposefully and meaningfully.