Life is short, but it’s the longest thing you’ll ever do, which is why you should know how to live life to the fullest. When we’re young, we tend to live as if we have all the time in the world to figure out what we want to do with our lives. But as we age, our perspective of time changes. As we get older, life feels much shorter, and we become more aware of how quickly it can be taken from us. In reality, however, life is full of possibilities. The gift of God is eternal life!
The truth of the matter is life actually isn’t short; it’s long. Right now, the current life expectancy in the United States is 78 years. Not long ago, the average life expectancy was 50 years. And researchers say that in about 30 years from now, life expectancy will be around 120 years.
Life isn’t short; the gift of God is eternal life
When we say “life is short,” we assume that it will motivate us to make a change. However, life is long. It’s too long to put up with the pain of soul-destroying relationships, jobs, or situations we find ourselves in. Think of it this way: If you were granted eternal life, would you stay in your current job? Would you make no changes if your life was suddenly extended? Or would that not be more of an incentive to go and do what you really want to do?
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
If you had an eternal life, you wouldn’t stay in your miserable job. A lot of people justify staying in a bad situation with the reasoning that they only have a few years left until retirement or that they’ve already put so much time into a relationship. A lack of time tends to motivate us to stay where we are. An abundance of time frees us up to do what we really want.
By continuing to buy into the paradigm that life is short, we can actually keep ourselves stuck in a horrible situation for an entire lifetime. Instead, remember that life is long. Consider your current job, which makes you miserable, and imagine doing it for the next 20 or 30 years. Don’t just project the negatives out for the next year or so; look at your entire lifetime.
Life is too long to put up with the stuff you don’t enjoy or to stay in your comfort zone instead of going after what it is that you really want.
It’s only the the wise who understand how to play the long game, making chess moves instead of playing checkers.
How to live life to the fullest: The gift of God is eternal life
Life is eternal—your life force, your soul, the energy that makes up all that you are, will never cease to exist in one form or another. Remember that there is a 75% chance you will live until at least 80, and if you are in your 80s, there is a 46% chance you’ll live another 10 years.
Instead of spending time and resources merely acquiring material pursuits, chase greatness. Greatness is not reserved for some rare DNA strands. Greatness is no more unique to us than breathing, and we are all capable of it.
There is nothing on this planet that is more successful than living. Live life to the fullest instead of viewing it as a limited, short reservoir of time. Learn how to play the long game because the stakes are as high as any bet can be.