“Everyman dies, not every man really lives.” William Wallace (Mel Gibson) in the movie Braveheart (1995).
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Philippi about what he believed to be the importance of living this life in light of the fact that our decisions in the past show who we are but shouldn’t define who we are yet to become. He said to do this by “forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:13b-14)
As a Christian I have to ask myself if I am living in my past or if I am letting God mold me into the man He desires me to be by allowing His forgiveness to propel me beyond my mistakes and errors in judgment. Do I cling to the past and allow it to tell me who I am or do I look towards the God who gives me the faith that I have and who has made me into a new creation for His purpose and for His glory? Am I truly living the full life or am I just existing and allowing the world around me to shape me without my consent?
I hope that when I die people will think of me as my own man, as someone who made a difference in this world for the better because of my faith and belief in Jesus Christ. I want them to be motivated to live life with purpose and with a sense of expectancy that God desires for them to walk in the kingdom of God here and now as His witnesses and instruments of righteousness. How awesome is that?! We are God’s creation, created for good works. We have been blessed with life. Hopefully at the end of my days I will not have wasted it on things that are not of eternal value.