And just like that, I’m 43. The years certainly seem to be whizzing by these days. I don’t feel 43, but I suppose I’m officially middle-aged now! 🙂
This realization brought me to this verse in James 3. I’m at the point in my journey where a life well-lived and imbued with purpose means far more to me than the acquisition of status or things (although there is nothing wrong with these things in and of themselves — they just cannot take center stage in my life).
With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, I desire to pursue a “good life” as laid out here in James 3:13 — one characterized by actions (“works”) that are motivated by wisdom, and marked by gentleness. Not that I’m being passive, but rather where my words and actions are anchored in biblical discernment. Put another way, it’s where I seek God’s view on a matter first — and I may not always get it right, but I am trying to learn whatever it is He desires to teach me.
I had written something else to add here, but I sensed the Spirit guiding me not to share it. Instead, I will leave you to ponder James’s words, and to ask yourself the following question:
What does a life well-lived — a “good life” — look like for you?