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Marriage and Family: 3 Qualities of a Life Well Lived

August 07, 2013

I recently watched the movie Invictus. it's the story of Nelson Mandella and his drive for Africa to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.  In the movie, this quote from Nelson Mandella was used -

 Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. The quote went on to say .. and as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people the persmission to do the same. 

As I thought about this quote, I wanted to share with you 3 Qualities of a Life Well Lived.  In other words, how NOT to live small but how to let your light shine for Christ.  I'm going to give these to you in action statements and then a question to consider. 

1.  A Life Well Lived happens in a clean vessel.  Live your life with a high calling of purity, integrity and holiness.  I built the entire first chapter of my new book: Often Told, Rarely Trained around this truth:  "who you are determines what you do."  And when we live our lives as Christ actually living in us, it will call us to live as clean vessels. Christ in you will impact what you say, where you go, what you do because your identity is in Christ . Question:  what in your life needs to be removed in order to live as a clean vessel?

2.  A Life Well Lived is an "others" focused life. Live with the view of serving and influencing other's with your life and the light of Christ which is in YOU! (Col. 1:27) Christ showed us this when he said of his own life that he came to serve and not be served. There is something supernatural and life changing when we expend ourselves in the service of Christ through the service to others! Question:  Who are you reproducing Christ in by your impact in their lives?

3.  A Life Well Lived is an "eternally" focused life.  Live your life in view of the eternal, not the temporal. As Christians, this is not our home.  Yet so many times we live day to day, living for the "here and now." So we store up more treasures, build bigger barns, grab a piece of the pie and enjoy the ride.  The problem is, if we are totally honest...very little of our lives are lived with an eternal focus.  An eternally focused life keeps all of this in balance.  They have a view of their future with Christ and so they work out their salvation, they work on their personal growth in Christ, they desire to leave a legacy of faith behind them because they know one day they will stand before Christ wanting to hear these words:  "well done!"  Question:  how much of your life is eternity focused?

I want to help you in this journey of living a life well lived, so men, get your copy of my new book, Often Told, Rarely Trained.  It is a 6 week training Guide for men equipping them to become the man of God they've always been told to be.   At the end of each day's study, I ask this question:  SO WHAT, NOW WHAT?  And at the end of each week are training truths to live out along with an "IT CAN BE DONE" story from friends of mine. 


Today, I want to wrap up this blog post with these 2 questions:  so what did you walk away with today?  Now what are you going to do about it? I'd love to hear back from you, so please leave me your comments and tell me what you are currently doing or will be committing to do to in order to live out these 3 qualities of a Life Well Lived


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