Too often in life I find myself being tossed about like a wave of the sea in purposelessness. I was thinking the other day about how easy it is to let myself move into "default" mode rather than seeking to be purposeful in how I live my life. Before I realize what has happened, I can find myself somewhere I never expected to be simply because I wasn't committed to not ending up there. For instance, I want to spend time reading, but if I "accidentally" spend hours surfing the web each night (something that I'm very capable of doing), then I never get where I want to be.
Through some prayer recently I've been thinking a lot about what my target should be. Where do I want to be in 10 years? I'm not talking about a physical location but a character analysis. Here are some things that I want to be true of me (in no particular order):
- I want to be generous (this doesn't simply apply to money, though I do mean it that way; it also applies to my time, my talents, my level of grace, etc.)
- I want to have impeccable character
- I want to be contemplative
- I want to be a reader
- I want to have an arsenal of Scripture in my mind
I'm not sure that this is an exhaustive list, but it is a start for me. Now I just need to think about how to rearrange my life so that these traits actually take priority in the way I spend my time.
If you were to make a list for yourself, what would be on it? What are the most important things for you to be doing with your time?