When I consider what I’ve seen on social media, what I’ve heard on television, what I’ve read in books, and what I desire in my own heart, I think it’s safe to conclude that many of us want to live our “best life.” There are hashtags, songs, apparel, and even line dances all celebrating and encouraging people to live life to the fullest. I’m sure we all understand that no one’s life will be perfect. Stuff happens. The abandonment, the loss, the betrayal, the unexpected and unfortunate stuff comes along leaving us with only a response to offer. Keeping in step with the “live your best life” movement, that response will hopefully be the very thing which, despite it all, propels us closer to becoming our true selves, ready to live more fulfilling versions of our lives. This wave of people proclaiming to be living their best lives is in essence a claim to be on a path that leads to meaning, personal growth, and reaching new heights.
I get it and I like it.
And while I get it and I like it, I am also aware that it, this concept of “living your best life,” did not originate in 2005 as a quote from Oprah, nor did Instagram subscribers create it, and no record label can claim rights to the start of its virility. The challenge to “live your best life” was coined by the Triune God himself.
Yes, on day 6 of creation God spoke and said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness . . . so that they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.’ God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them and said to them: ‘Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!’” (Genesis 1:26-28 MSG).
That, my friend, is God, in the beginning, saying to you and to me: “live your best life!”
So, while I get it and I like it, I am cautious of vain attempts to live our best lives apart from the giver of life.
Take King Solomon, for example. He was the writer of Ecclesiastes. He had wealth, wisdom, women, palaces, the best food and wine, and every form of entertainment available. And yet he summed up life “under the sun” as meaningless.
Talk about a void! And that is the type of void we will be left with if we abandon the Word of God and will of God as we set out on these quests to “live our best life.” The reality that King Solomon demonstrates for us is that God created us for something beyond what we can experience in the here-and-now.
Finding meaning, achieving desired outcomes all while maintaining some track record of having overcome many things is admirable. But doing so, without a heart for God, will leave us as void as it did Solomon.
When God created life—mankind, His image bearers, you and me—He did so for His glory. God said, “Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory” (Isaiah 43:7, NLT).
The question is: Do you claim Him as your God? If so, let Him set the standard for your “best life.” He’ll guide it through His Word. If not, consider trusting in Him today. He created you and declared that you were “very good” (Genesis 1:31).
Let’s not go through life achieving everything we set out to achieve only to die having missed out on the privilege to glorify Him or even worse, die separated from Him for eternity. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). An “abundant” life is one that is meaningful and lacks aimless wandering. An “abundant” life is your “best life.”
He created it.
Now go and live it!
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