How to live a day that holds more weight

They say that time flies and we're all pretty sure that it's true. We look back on the days that made up the weeks, which made up the months that somehow turned into years, and we wonder exactly how we've gotten to where we are.

We wish we could freeze it-store it all up to be lived all over again. But the fact is that time just keeps on passing us by without us knowing just how to even pause for a moment to catch enough breath.

Maybe these steps could create a day that stays around long enough to hold some real weight. Maybe just one of these ideas implemented into your day could give it enough weight to carry right on into eternity. I think it's worth a try, don't you?

Right now, let's do a little brainstorming on what simple choices we could make in order to live in a way that brings more of significance into our day. Here are a few of my own to begin...

1. Fight the urge to share it all. When your favorite moments come around, jump into them fully instead of reaching for your phone like usual. Embrace it, notice every aspect of it, open your eyes wide and tuck it all back inside of your mind. It'll sometimes do better than all of the likes of Instagram.

2. Add a few more hours to your day. I've heard it said and said it myself-what we all wouldn't do for just a few more seconds of time. Go ahead and do the dreadful deed of waking a few hours early. My best advice for success-when the alarm goes off, jump out of bed before your mind has time to start. You'll be amazed at all you've accomplished before ten in the morning, and the sunrise views make a nice little bonus.

3. Let go of the social barriers that keep you from reaching out. We'd rather call them our walls of protection, but what exactly are we keeping ourselves protected from? Jesus never saw a need for walls of protection, and neither should you and I when it comes to our every day interactions. Live outside of your comfort zone and you'll begin to see what real living is all about. Next time you're in public, tear right through the wall between you and another human being. You'll never know just how much they might need the real Love that's inside of you.

4. Stoop down low to the littles in your life, and begin to see through their precious eyes. There's a reason God gave us the nudge to be like a child, and we all tend to skip over it far too easily. We overcomplicate and under-care and throw out the God given curiosity that brings us what we're meant to enjoy. We make ourselves to big and our God far too small, thinking we know best, when He holds it all. Yes, we'd all do well to look through these little eyes and get our world changed up a bit.

5. Learn to keep a book open. We'd all wish for more time to learn, more time to think, and more time to grow through the wealth of a treasured good book. We say we don't have time, and maybe that's true for you. But what if we each added up the amount of times when we reach out for our phone out of boredom, or a few minutes wait. Add it all up and you might just find a book or two of time, in your minutes of in between time. Learn to keep a book close by and choose to read a page instead of scrolling a little more.

6. Live boldly in the only thing that is really going to matter. We're all about our living boldly and throwing off fear, but what a crying shame it will be if we get to the end of our lives and find that we lived in shame and fear in the most important thing. In the end it will all come down to who gave all to follow Christ, and who counted up their lives and found them too precious to let go of. We've got to stop fearing what the world is going to think and start speaking out on the most important thing. In the end, God's not going to applaud our boldness to wear what we want and each speak our minds, but rather who showed the real meaning of bravery by saving another lost life. 

7. Learn to write down as much of life as you can. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and sure it might be true, but a picture is never going to add the detail that's wrapped up in your mind. Describe it and feel it and let the words flow freely onto the page. This is what generations will look back on in order to know the impact of your earthly life. Let it speak of Him who created you, and let the generations ahead gain a spot next to you on this beautiful life that you've been given.

I've seen glimpses of the beauty of each of these ways of life, and yet I've far from mastered a single one of them, I'm afraid. So why don't we band together and learn to make our days count, instead of watching our lives keep flying right by?

Start with one maybe, or come up with your own. Live intentional, because He's placed a number on your days, with a purpose for each one. Don't loose a bit of it to lesser things.

Now it's your turn, go ahead and share-what little changes could you make?

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