Meaningful: Full of meaning, significance, purpose, or value. -Dictionary.com
I want to live meaningfully. I want to have the record of my days be full of meaning, significant, purposeful, and of great value.
We live by wholes. God works all things together for good to those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) All things together. The little actions of our day can together give rise to some meaningful whole. Sometimes we do not have control over the final picture, but we can choose to act on the little parts.
I want to think about my time as my opportunity. The three minutes spent creating and sending a text to a far away friend to encourage her or simply to remind her that I care, can make a world of difference, sometimes at once. And sometimes the small actions repeated reinforces a new image in her mind, from an unwanted person to a loved woman. She might just have the courage to approach God as Father. She might just have the courage to believe that Christ Jesus came to save her too, and that she is loved not any less than anyone else.
My little actions may seem insignificant by themselves, but they all count in the end. How do I respond to a stinging comment? How do I care for my environment? Do I smile when I accidentally make eye contact with a stranger or keep my face in a frown? Can I read a few pages of that book, and not wait for a perfect hour? Can I say a quick prayer for my neighbour under my breath?
How do I spend the little time I have with those I love? Do I look for the things they did wrong or am I intentional about seeing how amazing they are?
I don’t want my hours to slip through my fingers. I don’t want to rush into tomorrow. I want to be still and present and give my best now, and so, today, because nows make up twenty four hours and a lifetime.
God’s seven days of creating had to be the epitome of meaningful. Every stroke of His brush had to count. Every little tiny near insignificant dot in the DNA of His creatures had to count, because through them we would have worlds of people and creatures beyond numbers that we could count.
Live meaningfully. Care a lot. Take care of. Give something. Learn something. Grow something. Be something. Let us say at the end of our days like Christ did, “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down…” (John 10:18)
Let us choose to lay it down. To give it. To show it. To live it. Meaningfully.