Are You in the Ready Lane or Just the Fast Track?
Do you live life in the ready lane? Earlier this week, I was asked if I lived my life to the fullest. All I could think was that if it got any fuller I would explode. But this, of course, was not what the questioner was asking. I began to wonder, was I living my life the optimum it can be, not in general, but every day. Did I live a ready life in the ready lane?
This question bothered me most of the week as it made me stop and think carefully about how I live my life each day. Do I live my life to the fullest in every experience? What does this even mean? How, am I spending my time and does that answer have me in the ready lane? As I struggled with this question, I decided to do what I do best when I begin a quest for answers. No, I didn’t go straight to the Bible, though that is where the real answers lay, instead, I went to Google.
The Wisdom of Slowing Down
There may be more now, but in my search, I found one billion, five hundred and eighty million related articles on how to live a full life. I didn’t read all of them, but enough to realize that there was an underlying theme to the overflowing plethora of wisdom. One of these veins was that we must slow down to get the most out of life.
Writer, Dr. Benjamin P. Hardy asks the question, ”How many best parts of your life will there be and how many years will you spend in fast-forward?” If we slow down, we can experience moments as they are meant to be, making each moment meaningful. When we reflect at the day’s end, do we say that we don’t know where the time went, or did we experience a journey throughout the day? Dr. Hardy points out that the great compression of time is not a matter of piling on more activities but instead piling on the meaning of these activities.
It seems here lately I spend a lot of time on the Interstate heading in and out of large cities. The one thing I truly dislike about this travel, outside of the mundane scenery, is the traffic. I pass by many toll roads where for a monthly fee and a special pass, granted is the permission to travel in a much faster lane. With this computerized collection, it tallies the number of times and places one chooses to speed through instead of taking the slower lanes. But if we chose to speed through the lane to get to our preconceived destination there are things that we miss along the way and so it is with life.
Ready for a Future
So, how do we plan for our future but not sacrifice the present? How can we live consciously and constantly work on improving upon ourselves? Is there a way to balance it all so we can be in the ready lane but not speeding through life with nothing to show for it? There are responsibilities, needs, and even commitments that we find ourselves in, but as important that these things are, above all, we must remember why we are doing them.
This is when we must remember our purpose and mission. To live life to the fullest and be in the ready mode, we must have Christ in our life. He is the key and very real promise of a problem-free future of eternal peace. Christ is our why and how. It is only through Him that we make our way to the Father. As we ready ourselves daily through our moments, we can look forward to the eternal life He promises for every believer. When we place our focus on Jesus, the unknown future is secure allowing us to live each moment between to the fullest, savoring every experience. Christ is preparing us day by day, so we are in the ready mode with no regrets, as we live a full life in the present.
When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. John 14:3 (NLT)
Pursuing the Journey
Are you enjoying your journey? Do you embrace your challenges with the grace God grants or do you find yourself frustrated and reacting with stress? We are given the choice to make each moment meaningful or meaningless no matter our circumstances as the Apostle Paul demonstrates and others have followed his example.
Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, wrote Man’s Search for Meaning in 1946. His book is an account of his time spent in Nazi Concentration Camps. His search for life’s meaning argues that we can’t avoid suffering but can choose how to cope with it. He attends that you can find meaning in problems and move forward with a renewed purpose because of it. Frankl maintained that our drive, in life, is not pleasure, but discovering and pursuing a meaningful life. He said, ”Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms ”“ to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
What we do in life doesn’t matter, but how we do it does. When we chose to trust Christ to take us to the Father, we receive all the benefits of being God’s child. Holding to this promise of life secures our trust in Christ. When we approach life with our focus on Him our experiences aren’t as important. This is because it is our approach to life and how we do it that holds the meaning. Living life with a sense of urgency and so that every second is purposeful reflecting the way God intends us to live becomes first and foremost. Every action we take should be intentional and impactful showing the world the goodness of God as we thank Him for providing the way to Him through Christ.
Living Full in the Ready Lane
The scriptures clearly denote that God is our home. It is only through Christ that we can reside there. Furthermore, it is through Him and His example of life on earth that we realize how to live life to the fullest. What I learned through my quest is that if it is a full life you want to live, the examples Christ gave us, sets the foundation firmly.
Determine and Commit ”“ Know what is important and commit to it. If God is your number one then everything else falls in place. Commit to your values and do not compromise your beliefs.
Fear Nothing ”“ Don’t regret the chances you didn’t take. Know that Christ is with you always and you have nothing to fear for you are secure in Him. Do this while ignoring the haters. Everyone will not like you or what you stand for but do not be afraid. Instead, treat them with love. Don’t let them bring you down to their level, instead allow your actions and words to reflect the Father’s love and light.
Love People ”“ Don’t just love them silently ”“ tell them with your actions and your words. Love them authentically for there is nothing to lose and everything to gain. Help those in need that cross your path without a second thought. Allow the light of Christ’s love to shine clearly on those who you encounter.
Ridiculously Embrace and Live in the Present ”“ Learn from the past and plan for the future but truly and fully live in the today. Tomorrow is not promised, and you must always be ready.
Seize the Day
Challenge yourself to believe fully in the unseen, knowing that Christ secures a place for you today for your belief. Allow your convictions in Him to secure fully your future allowing you to be ready all the time. Know that God cares for you so much that He provides a way for you to be with Him and let this knowledge be your driving motivation and purpose in life. Find your comfort in knowing that because of Christ and your secure future that when the time is ready you will be with Him forever.
Learn to savor every day and not waste anything, taste fully each breath you breathe. For it is in the pursuit of the journey with the focus on the goal that the gift of living the full life that God provides you, reveals itself.
Love in Christ,
It should not be enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.
Winston S. Churchill
What are your thoughts?
Do you live life to the fullest every day? Have you found the meaning of life in your daily walk? Share your thoughts on the importance of living life in the ready lane for both a full present and future.
Credits Frankl, V. (2000). Man's Search for Meaning. Boston: Beacon Press 4th edition.