What makes you feel most alive?
Is it doing meaningful work? Traveling across the world? Trying new foods? Having deep conversations over coffee? Spending time in prayer? Meeting someone who “gets” you? Performing well on a deadline? Playing your favorite sport?
Each person is equipped with different skill sets and desires. We each have things in our life that help ignite us and make us feel good. I happen to have quite a few interests and passions, but lately I have tried to search within and realize what I actually like best. There are things that get me excited, but then there are things that calm my soul. I like both. I need both. They each serve a time and a place in my life, but the fact of the matter is that I need to do them. They help me be better.
For example, I know that I need to get a solid 8 hours of sleep per night.
Do I always do this? No. Should I? Yes.
I am just plain better when I sleep well. I am less irritable, more energized and ready to conquer any task before me. So, as funny as it may sound, sleep makes me feel most alive. I need to practice the art of sleeping to be my best.
Another thing that makes me feel most alive is dreaming. Now, I don’t mean the deep in sleep dreaming. I mean the vision process. The idea of pondering the future and dreaming about what could be. I like to pray big prayers and dream big dreams. I know God is working, so why not ask for Him to include me in his mighty plans? The worst I can be told is no.
What’s pretty cool is that when we submit to God, he works in our hearts so that His desires actually become our desires. (Psalm 37:4) I don’t know about you, but I’d rather the author of life and creator of all things give me the dreams to dream because I know they will align with His will! Then, I can pray in full confidence.
I feel most alive when I actively seek God, when I step out in faith, when I build time in my schedule for true rest, when I laugh with my favorite people, when I perform well at work and when I stop and take time to breathe.
Life is so beautiful. It is a wonderful gift. Each day is a learning experience and an opportunity to come alive.
How are you going to let yourself come alive today?