How to NOT live a boring life
So you don't want your life to be boring? Same here! One of my biggest fears used to be that I would wake up one day and realize that I hadn't been living my life the way I had always wanted to. I hated the thought of waking up 30 years later to a nice, simple, boring life.
Most people want to live an exciting life, but don't know where to begin. The ideal has always been portrayed as grow up, get a job, find a spouse and have kids. Those things are all good, but what happens in between all those great things? I am going to talk about how to live an exciting life and how to build something that will give those other things meaning.
A life full of days
Your life is not primarily made up of huge, overwhelming benchmarks of great success. Like I just mentioned, finding a spouse and having kids are great things, but they are events. In between momentsas you grown up and have a spouse and kids is where life really happens. Most of your life is made up of relatively average days where things happen without many people taking notice. Many people don't think about it this way, but your life is full of days.
This may seem like an obvious fact, but it has profound implications. One consequence is that if something can determine the course of your day, then given enough time it can determine the course of your life. Think about it: if the quality of your day is dependent on how you are doing in your job, how your spouse is doing, or anything else, then a few years down the road, it will have completely determined your quality of life.
What kills your life
It might sound counter-intuitive, but living your life and only worrying about what you need to do is a sure way to create a boring life. If you are only concerned with what you need to do each and every day, then you will never do anything exceptional. If you can't see past your list of to-do's, then eventually your list will become your life. Your life was made for more than a list of things that need to get done. It was created with a purpose and a way that it could impact the world.
If you believe in Jesus then you have God living inside of you. The Holy Spirit is God on this earth and he has a to-do list as well. On any given day the Holy Spirit is waiting for you to listen to his voice and love someone in an unexpected way. Every day the Holy Spirit wants to talk to you about what he is thinking, so you can be in on the secrets of God. Every moment the Holy Spirit has something that you could be doing to join in an epic story of a God who loves his enemies and desperately wants to connect with humanity.
The Holy Spirit has a to-do list.
The difference is that his list is much more exciting and fulfilling than your own.
How do I figure out what the Holy Spirit wants me to do?
I can't tell you what God wants you to do every second. But I can tell you how to position yourself to hear what he wants you to do.
1. What happens when you wake up?
As soon as you wake up, the battle begins. Every morning, when most people wake up, their mind is flooded with what they have to do that day. This is the first crucial moment. If you let your day be determined by those thoughts then you will be living just to get by. You must fight off those thoughts and ask Jesus, "What do you want to do today?" Know that he will go to any lengths to love some people that may appear very unlovable. Your mindset must shift at the beginning of the day. It is not about what you need to get done, it's about what God needs to get done. When that stuff is taken care of, God will make sure your stuff is also taken care of.
2. Slow down.
Busyness is a mindset, not a schedule. You will never hear the voice of God or make room in your life for what he wants to do if you are moving at the pace of the culture. Now, this does not mean that you have to slow down your schedule. It does mean that you have to slow down your mind. It means that your mind must be at rest throughout the day and in those little breaks throughout the day you are giving thanks, praying, worshiping or loving on others. Consider limiting phone use or surfing the internet. Those things will constantly pull your attention away from what really matters, God and other people.
3. Get to know God's heart.
Going after what the Holy Spirit wants you to do involves knowing a little bit about God's heart. God is not nearly as concerned with tasks as he is people. Seeing someone smile is far more important to him than being able to check something off a list. In fact, he may be completely insensitive to your schedule and ask you to be late to an important meeting just to talk to a homeless man on the side of the road. One of the first things you will notice if you start doing what the Holy Spirit wants you to do is that he is not nearly as concerned with your schedule or convenience as you are.
Practically, this means that you are called to adopt God's value system and catch his heart for the people in your life. Living an exciting life is first done by spending time with Jesus. From there you have the opportunity to live every second with him. All the while, loving the people you come across.
Jesus didn't live a boring life. He lived among constant miracles and persecution, but he saw people's lives get changed. We are called to the same type of life. A life full of miracles and persecution, all brought on because of the way we love.