I’m just 31 years old and haven’t attained “old-age wisdom” at this point, but I think I am on to something. Something worth sharing for all of my hopeful friends that may read this…
We are living in a time where everyone is searching for the best way to live. I’ve seen documentaries of people exiting high paying corporate jobs to pursue a life on the road, traveling from one place to the next. I have watched polarizing athletes on a quest for greatness. I’ve seen people satisfy themselves with more ‘things.’ What I realized is that when you are 31 years old, all of the MAJOR personal victories have come to pass. I was born, I learned how to walk, how to drive a car, I’ve graduated from high school, graduated from college, landed my first REAL job, rescued a beauty (and boy is she pretty), and had two children. I got so used to a lifestyle of transition in the past 3 decades, that it became routine.
Now that I am beyond those MAJOR milestones in my own life…they only personal accomplishment that’s left for me is…well…retirement! The rest of my life on earth will mainly be observing someone else’s MAJOR milestones (namely my children and younger friends). As I was thinking through this, I felt major conviction that I need focus on being transformed into the person that God wants me to be. Because I was so distracted by life’s season from 0-31, I neglected truly focusing on God’s true transformation. This is all relevant to each person (single, married, retired, student, etc). I was zeroing in on what Jesus means when he said in John 10:10:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
The exceptional life comes when we recognize that it is God that brings us a full life. That life doesn’t need another milestone or accomplishment. It only requires our devotion to Jesus Christ. Nothing on this earth will bring us the satisfaction that we will find in Him. So if you are struggling today, recognize that God brings you fullness. Pursue him first. Then you’ll be on your way to enjoying the Exceptional Life.
Spenser is the Associate Minister at Avalon Church of Christ. He and his wife Allie have 2 children.