How to Give the Most Out of Life

We hear a lot about getting the most out of life but how do we give the most out of our lives?

Think about the most successful people you know in the world? Make a list.

Michael Jordan? Tom Brady? Steve Jobs? Billy Graham?

All of these men have one thing in common, a singular focus, yet one had something the others didn’t. A singular focus on God and His Kingdom.

Three of the four men met their goals, but in the end worldly success leaves us wanting. The other is outliving his life because he chose to give it to God and let Him lead the way.

Think about the people you look up to in your own life from your family, work, church, and community.

From the outside looking in what sets them apart?

We are going through the book of James with our pastor and Philippians in Sunday school and one thing keeps coming up, single-mindedness centered on the kingdom of God and turning away from the world.

If we want to give the most out of the lives we’ve been blessed with, I think this is the best way.

What would happen if all of the Christian women you knew asked God to give them a single focus on Him and allow Him to direct their steps in all areas of their lives? How would this make our community a better place?

I’m asking myself this question today and desiring to let go of things that have been holding me back, namely the cares and worries of this world, a world that is surely passing away as evidenced by daily news reports of our swiftly unraveling society.

In order to do this we must seek first the Kingdom of God and ask Him to strengthen our faith. I don’t know who is reading this today or what God is specifically calling you to, its a journey, but the answers are to be found through these four disciplines.

Our pastor gave us four things to help us in that department last Sunday.

  1. We may have to give up the things that are wasting our time in exchange for better things, christian community, prayer, fasting, bible study, serving others, doing the things He’s calling us individually. There is so much junk on streaming services, social media channels, and 24 hr. news cycle that is taking our attention from where it should be.

    I’m the first to raise my hand that I consumed much too many negative news stories during the election and post election season. That’ time wasted that I can’t get back and as we can see we have no control over any of that train wreck.
  2. We need to be devoted to taking in scripture and sharing it to encourage others. Not only will it strengthen our faith, but the faith of others. These are dark days, people feel discouraged and defeated. There’s no better way to help someone who is hurting than with the truth of God’s word that brings hope. We need to also train our children to know the truth and pray God gives them a passion and a calling for His Kingdom.
  3. Find a prayer partner who you can trust to lift up your cares to the Lord and someone who you can pray for in return. The power of prayer is a wonderful gift and will accomplish much.
  4. I find when I am down that thanking God for what’s right there in front of me turns my whole day around. There is always something to be thankful for.

What if we looked at our work as an avenue to minister to those around us? What if we looked at Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights as refilling stations for our own personal souls so that we could have the strength, courage, and enthusiasm to pour into the lives of those around us starting right there in our homes and working our way out into our community through work, play, and friendships.

If you take some time to read Philippians you will see how laser focused Paul is on God’s kingdom and His glory. He doesn’t look back until the race is complete. His devotion to God motivates him to keep pressing on even in the most difficult circumstances. I believe if we live long enough we may face similar trials, and a focus on knowing God will see us through. Paul’s singular focus drove Him to complete the work God sent him to do and I believe God will give us the strength to finish strong, too.

I prayed way back in 2007 that God would allow me to seek first His Kingdom in my life and career. He’s opened door after door for me to have opportunities to do just that. I had 4 art classes yesterday and in 2 of them I had two children going through hard things that came to me to ask me to pray for them with our class. Those are the moments I’m so thankful that God in his gentle kindness shifted my path ever so slightly over time to where I am today.

Define what wealth and happiness mean to you. Write it down. My definition changes the closer I walk with Jesus. Wealth has become more about the things I can not touch and happiness has changed to joy that I can only find in the Lord. I’ve sought the world and have been disappointed.

Is there anything hindering you from fully trusting God with your life today? Is there anything that you need to let go of so that you can seek Him first above all else? If so, begin to pray that God will allow you to seek first His Kingdom in your life, your family, your career, and you’re calling. You’ll be amazed at how He will change your life!

4 Comments

  1. Dawn Sneed says:

    Thank you precious Emily for these words you have written today. I am in need of prayers for me during this time. There days I don’t know what I should do because my heart is broken. I know God is with me because I couldn’t go own without him. Love you sweet Emily. God bless you and your family always.

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    1. Emily says:

      You are in my prayers. I think when we go through hard times (like what you are facing now), it is never more clear to us how short life is and how near God is to us. Take time to rest. Take time to heal and God will show you your next steps in this new season.

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      1. Dawn Sneed says:

        I also want to give my condolences to your family. I know the passing of your precious sister in law is also a grieving time for all of you. I am praying for your family also.

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  2. Kerrye Dawson says:

    “God deliver me from the dread asbestos of ‘other things.’ Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be a flame.”
    Jim Elliot, “Through Gates of Splendor”
    (finally tackling the book recommendation you gave me a few years ago…)

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