None of us are born with a desire to be mediocre, to live below average lives. There is something deep within that wants more. Rare is the parent that does not say, “I want my children to have a better life.” And perhaps nothing is more disappointing than to watch a child squander the opportunity provided by a parent to be, do, or gain something his parent may not have had in his life.
What makes a “10” life possible? I’m going to suggest three ideas that may stimulate your thinking about your life. Here they are:
(1) Want more. I don’t mean just the material of life. Many of the wealthiest people I’ve ever met are the most miserable. Possessions in themselves don’t satisfy the deepest longings of our souls. Jesus said He came to give life abundantly. I think that means the “best” we can want and are willing to work to make happen. That’s not entitlement; it’s empowerment!
(2) We all need someone to cheer us along the way. I recently heard a man describe his wife’s grueling schedule as she prepared for a marathon. He took his children with him to cheer her from the sidelines, but discovered that she had run faster than they realized and miss her at that place. He ran to another “rest” stop and missed her again. Finally, hear the finish line he found a place on the sideline where he could scream her name and offer the encouragement she needed to make the final stretch to the finish line. She ran the race, but his encouragement boosted her to speed up to the conclusion. Each of us need encouragement. Those who receive it often enjoy much greater success than they otherwise might have known. When you know what encouragement feels like, you want to cheer others on to their best life as well.
(3) Your future is in you! Achievers are people who don’t dwell on the past. Races are won by those striding toward the goal – the future! I thought I was going to retire several years ago, but I’ve discovered that the opportunities to grow and be involved in service to others are too challenging and exciting to retire. What’s just ahead is the promise of joy! Someone described it as “standing on tiptoe to see what’s ahead.” If we don’t lose today in the pain or problems of yesterday, we’ll be satisfied when the day ends.
I had a poster in my office for years which said, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Next to it was one that said, “Live one day at a time; and make it a masterpiece.” Maybe that what a “10” life looks like.