That quote grabbed my attention recently and I caught myself daydreaming right in front of the person who said it (not unusual for me). How true though, life really is happening…every moment…of every day.” It was one of those reminders the Lord sent to move my thoughts in the right direction. Now several weeks later, I’m still thinking about it and considering the whole “plans and dreams” thing. It is amazing how my dreams have changed and narrowed in recent years. The trajectory isn’t lower, just different.
You see early on, I thought of trekking around the world and taking risks (and God allowed me to do some of both), but He has gifted me today with opportunities I couldn’t foresee. What I’m learning now is “husband”, “dad”, “minister” and “friend” aren’t just labels; they’re my life’s work and I don’t want to miss out while “making plans”. The Bible tells us the “cares of this world” can kill our effectiveness for the Kingdom (Luke 8:14, 1 John 2:15-17) and I don’t want to die focused on worldly goals.
Perhaps you had big dreams at one time (or still do). Maybe you had hopes for a level of significance and life turned out a bit “smaller” than you hoped? It’s probably really not (smaller that is). Chances are your scope of influence is way bigger than you realize. Do you have a spouse? Children? Co-workers? Neighbors? Extended family? Employees? Church position? Social media relationships? Sports team friendships? Regular shopping locations? Your life really is a lot bigger than you can measure.
So as you go about doing the routine stuff, here are a few thoughts to pack away in the briefcase or purse:
- Most significant conversations aren’t planned for. They happen in the normal flow of life when there is proximity to others; personal or casual. “Quantity of time” trumps “quality of time” every time.
- We have the power to influence someone’s day. Our daily interaction with people can be a positive testimony for Christ…or not. The same is especially true with our children and spouses.
- Pray every day for the power and courage to represent Jesus well. Paul says we are Ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). Wherever we go, whoever we talk to, and whatever we do should be within that framework.
Naturally, some days feel more successful than others, but never discount where God has placed you, and what He wants to do through you. Remember, “Life is what happens while you’re making plans.”