Meaningful life requires taking action outside of yourself rather than keeping yourself to yourself.
I get it the whole self-preservation thing. I’ve been known to keep people at arms length like the quarterback running stiff-armed, head down, legs moving as fast as he can so he can make it to the goal line unscathed and leather treasure in tact. Only for me, it was more about the threat and potential of harsh words, defeat, and pain often found in relationships not having a chance to reach me that kept me running, goals tucked under my arm, toward the end of the day.
But it’s in this place of neat, ordered self that real love often desires most to break through.
Make no mistake, a more meaningful life means more than only knowing your why. And it’s more specific and personal than generally wondering how you can let God’s light shine (although in the end, that’s the point).
A more meaningful life requires action motivated by love for him and for others as only you can provide and are designed to offer.
And, I hate to break it to you but when others are involved things get real and … love can be messy. (Actually, I’m thinking you might already know this.)
Are you willing to stop what you’re doing and love with more than words today?
A Meaningful Life Is Sacrifice
Think of those you love most.
In loving them you find joy, laughter, and comfort. But there are times you also find a real and painful mess as you:
- sacrifice your wants and desires,
- bite your tongue,
- wait with patience,
- say ‘no’, and
- let go.
Why do you suffer through all this? Because you love him, her, them. So you do what you need to do. You make a move. You take action. You sacrifice as only you can.
Just like Jesus.
What sacrificial move can you make today to show love to someone and build more meaning into you life as you do?
Willing to Let Love Act
The challenge of reaching out to a nearby community to love them as individuals and adopted families was discussed at a recent church meeting. The question on the table was how do we help the people of our church lovingly build relationships, respond to their needs, and set boundaries?
One wise pastor responded, “I’m not going to lie. We’re talking about relationships. And relationships are messy.” His words made me wonder how willing I am to let love act through me and beyond me. Beyond the safety of my comfort zone … where God is at work.
This sacrificial and willing act of love is exactly what Jesus did for you – for us. He left the splendor of his throne to walk directly to his destiny, the God-purposed cross, and dive crown-deep into our messed-up lives. He poured out every drop of his blood, took the heat and the hits for us, and showed us that for now – in this world – real love in action runs over, spills out, and sacrifices. It’s messy.
Messy because love moves even in the face of fear, habits, routines, and objections. Real because it asks us to trust, believe, give, and lay bear our selfish desires and reveal our vulnerable, authentic selves so Christ really can shine through.
What opportunity has God opened up to you recently that you’ve rejected without thought or prayer because it messed with your schedule or seemed too difficult or disruptive … or sacrificial? What would help you be more willing walk where he leads and become vulnerable to his calling?
Real Meaning – Real Life
Jesus calls us forward to live our life purpose, a more meaningful life – actually, the most meaningful life, through selfless action. Like he did.
Yes, it may be messy. But it’s there, having been poured out and roughed up that love becomes real, the why of our life is exposed, a more meaningful life is lived, and his purposes through you are fulfilled.
Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time,
not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.
Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit. ‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful.
‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’
The Velveteen Rabbit
Knowing and living your life purpose creates a more meaningful life because you answer the call to sacrifice for others and build the kingdom of God. Who is God calling you to serve with your passions, experience, gifts and talents? Are you willing to sacrifice self to know and live your life purpose, take action, and risk real, messy love?