In our culture today it doesn’t take long to look around and notice that many people are not satisfied. Even with all of the technology and education that is available people still find themselves struggling to find purpose and fulfillment in life.
With all the talk that is of this upcoming generation one thing that we can glean from them is their missional approach to life. For many of them they believe that life is much more than just about them. How can someone tell if they are just making a living or actually making a life?
There are a few ways that I believe we can tell the difference between the two. I think it comes down to “who” we are living for. Do we consistently live for ourselves or for others?
You can tell you are just making a living if …
- You spend most of your time thinking about yourself or your needs.
- You only invest your time in people who can help you.
- You are content with being average and only do what you’re paid to do.
- You complain or resent it when someone asks you to give to a church or local charity.
- You spend too much time talking about yourself and your accomplishments.
- You use people as stepping stones to get to where you want to be.
You can tell you are making a life if…
- You spend time thinking about what you can do to help someone else.
- You invest your time in someone who can’t pay you back.
- You do your best to help the organization, even if it means a sacrifice on your part.
- You look for ways to give to a local church or charity.
- You look for ways to encourage and compliment others for their work.
- You look for ways to pull others up, instead of pushing them down.
The only way to change this is to be honest with ourselves. It’s never too late to change who we are or what we do. Are you making a living or making a life? Hint: It’s not about us.
Question: How are you trying to make a life for those around you?