As the New Year rolls by and everyone is working on making resolutions and turning over new leafs, I want to share with you something on my heart that I hope will inspire you to seize the New Year and today with more passion and purpose that ever before.
I was listening to a podcast by Michelle Barnes, a successful woman in my industry that I look up to, and she said something that hit me right between the eyes. As she was talking about achieving goals in life, she said, “As far as I’m aware, this is not a dress rehearsal.”
Think about that for a moment. Life is not a dress rehearsal. We only get one life and it’s a very short one at that. Our thoughts, behaviors and actions are of utmost importance because they influence the outcome of our life.
I come across all kinds of people in my line of work. There’s the chronically overwhelmed person who is always too busy to look outside of themselves. There is the second guesser who wants to make a change in their life and achieve something important to them but instead wastes all their time thinking about it and questioning every angle that they never actually make it happen. There’s the person who is living life asleep at the wheel because they’ve never had the ambition to sit down and figure out what they want or where they’re going.
I’m not saying we all have it figured out or that we even should. I do think it’s important to have an idea of what direction you are heading in life and to make sure you are on the path to living the life you want, but even if you have no idea what you’re doing in life, that still doesn’t mean you have to waste your life.
As a Christian, I know God has a purpose and a plan for me, even if I haven’t figured out what it is yet. All I need is to walk through life following Jesus and doing the good things He has planned in advance for me to do. I know I am called to love and serve others. I am called to treat people how I would want them to treat me. I am called to become a better person everyday. I am not called to be lazy but to work hard and make the most of the gifts and talents God has given me. I am called to honor God with my thoughts, motives, and actions.
I can’t take today or any day in this life for granted. As long as I have life and breath, I am here to serve God to the best of my abilities. This is not a dress rehearsal. I will never get another chance at today. Someday, I have to stand before God and give an account for every word I have spoken and every thought and action I have ever done. I better be ready.
My hope in writing this is to encourage you to look at your life and evaluate if you are truly living it to the fullest and making the most of every day. Maybe you need to make a big change in direction for your life- the time is now. Maybe you aren’t happy with the turn your life has taken or you have flaws that hinder your quality of life- recognizing that is the first step, now go out and work towards improving in those areas! Maybe you need to look outside yourself a bit more and invest in the people around and make an impact on them.
You only have one shot at today. You may only have one chance to impact that person you walked past in the street. You don’t know how long you’re here for. You are the only one sitting at your desk, you are the only one in your marriage, you are the only one in your specific role in your child’s life. Invest in other. Smile at the person you walk past in the street. Listen more than you speak. Give more than you take. This is not a dress rehearsal and you only have one shot at today, so make the most of it!