My friend and I were sitting at a small table in the coffee shop, reminiscing about our days at Northwest Airlines. Catching up on where life has taken us since then.
In the middle of updates and future plans, my friend very nonchalantly said,
“I have a full life.”
Oh my. Those words made me pause.
When was the last time I heard someone say that?
Most conversations include…
“Life is crazy busy.”
“We’re hanging in there.”
“Too much going on.”
How my friend described his life was an ah-ha moment for me.
“I have a full life.”
That’s how I want to see life.
That’s how I want to live life.
And it’s up to me.
My friend has a big job, kids, community responsibilities. His days brings celebrations and messy moments. It’s how he is choosing to live his life that makes the difference. How he sees his life.
I get that there are times when life really is overwhelming. We are stretched. Challenged. Frazzled. And life is truly overwhelming. But if I step back and rewind my play-by-plays, I’d see that I’ve let those moments become days that turn into weeks. And then my “crazy busy” choices became habits. And those habits started defining how I live. And how I describe my life.
Jesus said He came to this earth so we could have an abundant life — a full life. He was telling the truth. He meant it. And I believe it.
But it gets too easy to let schedules and demands and responsibilities define what my full life looks like. Then I start living like I don’t really believe it. And Jesus never said that He came to make us busy and overwhelmed.
What’s the difference between a crazy busy life and a full life? Schedules, routines, and priorities obviously influence those descriptions. Decisions that I have control over.
Most important, it’s simply how I think and talk about my life. The words I choose. A perspective that comes only from my mind and my heart. I think we get in the habit of describing our days a certain way, and don’t even really think about what our life is like before describing it…as busy.
Do I want to live a crazy busy, overwhelming life? Or a full life?
The choice is mine.
I love my life.
It’s full of good stuff, tough stuff, and busy stuff.
I’m going to be more intentional about what I fill it with, and especially how I describe it.
I have a full life.