After mulling it over in my mind, I decided to write about something that’s been on my heart for a long time. There’s many different ways I could take it, but I’ll focus on the main part:
Living Life to the Fullest
I don’t blame you if you just cringed at that. ;) It’s rather cliché and overused, I must admit, but I have begun to discover there is so much more to that phrase than meets the eye. Most people look at it through the world’s perspective, but for the past year or more, I’ve been learning to look at it from a Christian perspective.
If you know me well, you’d know that I am NOT a spontaneous person – I have to have my lists and schedule, and try to know everything before it happens. (I know that sounds awful – I’m working on it! Spontaneity is not natural with me, you see. Hehe.) This last year I have been trying to ‘jump at every opportunity’ and I believe in that respect, I have. Not one social event did I decline (except when I was sick) and I never regretted it. But I discovered it’s not just when you are outside your home and normal daily activities – living your life to the fullest includes home as well! In our two weeks break from school, I spent an entire day baking, icing and decorating 30+ cupcakes (and then made another 20 the following week) and baked 40 homemade biscuits, as well as reading a book and writing a letter. I was much happier at the end of that day than I was a few days later, when I slept in, watched television and read a book. I realized that using every blessed minute of my day for something useful or productive is so much better than lounging around and frankly, being lazy. Since then, I have decided to take the plunge and try new, creative things at home and out of home. I chose to try that harder recipe for dinner then the normal one I make (it ended up taking 3 hours to make, and I was not in the best of moods at the end of it, but I’m still glad I did it :P), I pursued that rather scary, deeper topic with that friend, in order to become closer and encourage each other, I spent a little less than half my pocket money to go see that musical. (Yes, can I just slip that in and say I’M SEEING LES MISERABLES LIVE! Somebody pinch me, please!) In choosing to do this, I realized another important thing: You can live your life to the fullest selflessly. I went through a stage where I was so swept up in being productive with MY little things, I forgot about my little siblings who were asking to play, or those dishes that nobody wanted to wash. I believe I felt 3 times happier, playing Peter Pan with my little brother (even though I always have to be Captain Hook while my 5 year old brother always has to be Peter Pan, who always has to win) than writing my story. Of course, I LOVE writing stories, but I can find time for that later! My relationship with my family is more important than my relationship with my fictional characters. (Although I am not ashamed in admitting I AM rather attached to my dear fictional characters.) This brings to my next point: To be content with the life God has given me.
I am afraid that is one of the hardest struggles I have. So many times I wish to go out with my siblings to see friends, or to be able to go there or do that like those other girls my age. And then I understand, that God has a reason for every single thing, and He has chosen the people in my life and everything I have. Utterly everything I have is from Him. He has given me everything I need, to lead the life He wants me to. And that makes my heart sing.
And now, we come to the finish and I have my favourite point to make: That being a Christian is the most joyful experience there is. Can I get an amen on that? I have only just truly discovered this glorious truth, and I can’t wait to see it come to life more and more, but for now, I know this; that He can turn my gloominess into happiness and how I should have nothing to be sad about because of what He’s done. Everything is in His hands, so if I am worried or stressed about it, I just give it all over to Him. I can have my Saviour beside me with every breath, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. That I can live my life for the Lord, living every single minute of my life with a purpose, and with the hope and joy of Christ.
Summing it all up, I wish to make the most of my life. I want to be bolder in my faith, I want to be more adventurous in my actions, and I want to maybe get out of my comfort zone more than I used to. (Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I shall jump off a cliff screaming “YOLO!” and hope for the best. There is a limit to getting out of my comfort zone. ;P) Within my home, and outside of it, I want to take up all opportunities, and create more. I want to live my life selflessly, and for others, which, by the way, doesn’t mean it’s boring. ;) I want to use every day, with what God has given me, to lead a crazy, joyful life for God’s glory.
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So please tell me, do you agree? Are you eager to live a crazy, joyful life too? What are some of the valuable lessons the Lord has been teaching you this past year?
(Thank you so much, Miss Meg, for guest posting!!!) :-D