In considering the direction of my life, I know what God has called me to do above all else….love God and love people. Through that calling, there are some things in my life that have had a significant impact on the person that I am today. God has rocked my world and molded me through generosity, community, my family, my past experiences both in America and in China, and my personal leadership journey.
If we want to live a life of NO REGRETS, we are going to have to be intentional about what we do and don’t do. Here is my list of creating that life.
Give your time, talents, and treasures. Nobody regrets being generous. Even when your generosity isn’t well received, thanked, or noticed the act of generosity changes you as much as it changes others.
Join a small group
You will have less “free” time in your life, more burdens to bear, more mess to wade through, and more people to pray for. Life will be tougher. But you won’t regret joining a small group, because you’ll have people to journey through life with.
Recognize that laughter is a gift from God. You’ll grow more spiritually with a group of people that you enjoy being around than ones you dread meeting with.
Spend time with your family
Your family will never say they wish that you’d spent less time with them. Time with your family is not time wasted.
Drink good coffee
Life is too short for bad coffee. And when you have people over to your house, serve the good stuff! All coffee is not created equal.
Make church a priority
No church is perfect, but being where God’s people gather to worship and celebrate the work of God is healing and life-giving.
Become a leader
Wherever you are in life, leadership is playing a significant role. Continually focus on your personal leadership development.
Go on mission trips
My life was turned upside down (in a good way) through mission trips. Whether you go on a trip out of your country or across state lines, you won’t regret the time away from work or the money it cost you to get there.
Invest in kids
When you invest in kids, you are investing in the life of the Church. For today and tomorrow.
Jonah, you have done a great summary of what is important in life and what we can do to make sure we are living for the right things including great coffee! Todd are I also were both changed when we went on a mission trip and joined a Life Group. We have come to find our best friends in our Life Groups now and in the past and that going on a mission trip was definitely worth every sacrifice that we made. Can’t wait to see what your next blog says!
Excellent article. I’m going through many of these issus as well..