Lately my mind has been focused on what it means to live deliberately. Obviously you know that, as we talk about it here all of the time. But recently I have been trying to find people I admire who know what it is to live a deliberate life. They are not hard to find, once you start looking. They are purpose driven. They have an enthusiasm for life.
In my search I came across a quote from this past conference, "...I see the compassionate and caring Son of God purposefully living each day. When He interacted with those around Him, they felt important and loved. He knew the infinite value of the people He met. He blessed them, ministered to them. He lifted them up, healed them. He gave them the precious gift of His time." (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Of Regrets and Resolutions)
I loved this definition of purposefully living...
Interacting Making people feel important and loved Notice someone's value Blessing lives Ministering Lifting Giving the precious gift of time
I look back on my day and wonder if I have done any of those things.
My day has been filled with interactions. But how meaningful were those interactions? Did I help someone feel important or loved? Acknowledge someone's value? Did I bless any lives, or minister, or lift? Did I set aside my schedule to give someone the gift of my time?
Elder Uchtdorf speaks of becoming the person God, our Heavenly Father, intended us to be...to fulfill the measure of our creation, to live a good life...
A life filled with purpose. A deliberate life.
Perhaps, if that is our pursuit, we should look to the example of the Son of God.
What if we were to devote one whole day to the pursuit of living purposefully like the Savior did?
What if we tried to incorporate those seven things into our actions for just one day?
How would it feel? Would we be made an instrument? Would our life feel full of purpose?
"Let us resolve to follow the Savior and work with diligence to become the person we were designed to become. Let us listen to and obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit. As we do so, Heavenly Father will reveal to us things we never knew about ourselves. He will illuminate the path ahead and open our eyes to see our unknown and perhaps unimagined talents." (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Of Regrets and Resolutions)
I want to try it.
I am going to put the list on a 5X7 card and carry it around in my back pocket all day. My morning will start with a prayer ...that I might be led to situations that will allow me to practice those seven things.
I can't wait to see what I learn.
Consider this list...
Interacting Making people feel important and loved Knowing someone's value Blessing lives Ministering Lifting Giving the precious gift of time
Would you like to try practicing these today? If practicing all seven seems overwhelming, just choose one!