Mark Merril has some great encouragement on being intential on the life you lead today. He says that five "T's" matter most when it comes to your life's story:
1. T is for Time.
There is no more significant single indicator of what is really important in our lives than what we give our time to. When it comes to time, we are all on an equal footing. We each have 24 hours a day, 168 hours a week. How are you using that time?
Work is important, of course, but it’s not the only thing that matters. You’ve never heard of anyone on their deathbed wishing they had spent more time at the office, have you? Rather, they talk about regretting not investing more time in relationships. So track your time for a week, noting how many hours and minutes you give to things like work, hobbies, social media, and television. The results may surprise you, and prompt some adjustments.
2. T is for Talent.
Like many guys, I compare myself to others. How do I shape up compared to their professional status, their house, their bank account? Comparison can cause discontentment. If I’m always focused on what someone else has instead of what I’ve got, I’ll never be happy.
God created me uniquely with specific gifts. So, I should not aim to be like someone else. I just need to be me. Am I exercising my gifts and abilities to their fullest extent? Am I seeking to develop them? And am I using them to benefit and bless others or just for personal gain, pleasure, and comfort? I can only have a life worth meaning if I give it away.
Read the other three "T's" from Mark's blog here.