Making the Most of your Life – Introduction

Posted: November 6, 2015 in Making the Most of your Life

I have only a few precious minutes before work, and I cannot even begin to tell you how strongly I considered playing Halo until it was time to go. Because Halo is king of science fiction gaming, and I am the general of the king’s armies. You’re all space-peasants.

Anyway, I decided to do this instead because I feel like God’s been pointing things out to me lately, and it would be selfish to keep them to myself.

Before I begin, I’d like to clarify what I mean (and don’t mean) when I discuss how to make the most of your life. Making the most of your life doesn’t necessarily mean being productive as humanly possible. Society tends to think that’s good and dandy, and being productive certainly is important. However if all your efforts go into only being productive, then you are, in fact, not making the most out of your life.

If you come from a Judeo-Christian background, you ought to consider reading the book of Ecclesiastes. It was written by King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. In it, he describes how everything under the sun is ultimately meaningless because at some point we will all die, whether rich or poor, righteous or unrighteous. It’s all the same for everyone. He describes the satisfaction of being productive as God’s gift to man, that productivity is the remedy for life’s lack of meaning. He also discusses how it’s important to take the time to enjoy life and make the most of it.

I think much of Solomon’s book can be summarized as follows: There is a proper moderation between being productive and enjoying what you have produced. So, put a strong effort into your tasks, and then make sure to take pleasure in the outcome. While you’re working, put forth the best effort possible not only to do a good job, but to also have satisfaction in what you are doing.

I’m going to add a new category called “Making the Most out of your Life.” Right now my plan is to write it as a series of entries that I’ll later compile into an essay. Each item will tackle a specific suggestion toward, well, making the most of your life. Presently, I have no idea how many entries there will be or their lengths. This should be an interesting undertaking. I’ve never tried to write anything motivational before.

Allow me to direct your attention to the Categories menu on the left. If you’d like to see the entries for this category all at once, click “Making the Most of your Life.”

Wish me luck!

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