How to Live Your Life to the Fullest and Be Content
Have you ever wondered if you’re really living life to its fullest?
Because Rev and I have been accused, more than once, of not living life fully.
I know you’re dying to know why, aren’t you?
Because we are content.
We are not party-ers. We don’t have to try the latest restaurant. I can’t tell you if we’ve ever been to a club. We miss most of the current movies, and can’t offer much when it comes to discussions on what’s trending on television.
We’re boring. LOL
But it makes me wonder; you know I love to wonder.
What makes people believe “living life to its fullest” means going lots of places, spending lots of money, buying lots of stuff, and knowing lots of trendy gossip?
The best definition I’ve found for a full life is: To pursue a positive, satisfying existence.
What does it take for you to have a positive, satisfying existence?
I believe a great question to ask is…
What would I do differently if I knew I only had six months to a year to live?
Because pursuing life in light of eternity changes our perspective. It changes our wants, our needs, and our passions.
If this were my last year of life:
- I would not feel the need to acquire more stuff.
- I would not eat more dinners out or travel to exotic places.
- I would not watch more television or go to more movies.
- I would spend more time with the people I love.
- I would spend more time in the Word and in prayer.
- I would watch more sunrises and sunsets.
- I would take more walks and do more star-gazing.
- I’d praise God for every moment.
Your living life to the fullest may look very different from mine and that’s okay!
Full life living cannot be defined by anyone but you.
You are uniquely and wonderfully made by a loving God, who made you for His plans and purposes. He wired you perfectly for your life and not for anyone else’s. So dream big. Pursue a positive and satisfying experience.
LIVE today in light of eternity.
You will be blessed, and you will live life to its fullest.
And to inspire you . . . here are some Quotes to Help You Life Life to Its Fullest.
“Pray for and work for fullness of life above everything; full red blood in the body, full honesty and truth in the mind, and the fullness of a grateful love for the Savior in your heart.” ~ Phillips Brooks
“A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life—life in all its fullness.” John 10:10 (NCV)
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~Melody Beattie
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:19 (NLT)
“The secret of contentment is the realization that life is a gift.” ~ Assorted Authors
My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need. Philippians 4:19 (NCV)
“True contentment is a real, even an active, virtue – not only affirmative but creative. It is the power of getting out of any situation all there is in it.” ~ G. K. Chesterton
Trust the Lord and do good. Live in the land and feed on truth. Enjoy serving the Lord, and He will give you what you want. Depend on the Lord; trust Him, and He will take care of you. Psalm 37:3–5 (NCV)
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller
This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NLT)
May you be blessed with contentment and fullness of life.
The One who loves you most and best created you for life—life in all its fullness!
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Contentment is something that I never really master. Even when I have long seasons of contentment- discontent comes creeping back up. It’s truly something that I have to work at. Thanks for sharing another wisdom filled post. I’m adding it to my arsenal in my war against discontentment.
Thanks for hosting!
Tiffiney, I think marketers make it their goal to keep us in a place of discontent. We all need to battle it from time to time . . . for me, that’s especially true when it comes to setting goals for myself and working towards things I want to accomplish. Thanks for sharing yourself in this space and helping us all grow together. God bless you!
HI Deb, when I think of you the word “boring” NEVER comes to mind! I get what you’re saying though. I’ve heard similar comments because I seek the simple life too. Thanks for posting these great quotes on gratitude. They will help me power through this rainy Friday. Blessings to you!
Aw thanks, Sarah! It’s rainy and cold here too. A challenge for my contentment. It’s easier when it’s sunny and 75 degrees. Praising God for each of you who brighten my day by linking up and stopping to say ‘hi.’ God bless you, my friend!
Oh! SO needed this today! Love the quotes…especially Melodie’s and Chesterton’s (really, can you ever go wrong with G.K.?). Thank you for this, Deb, and for hosting Faith ‘n’ Friends!
I agree, Elizabeth. I love G. K.’s writing, too. That quote is perfect. We tend to think of things like patience and contentment as being passive but in reality, they are very proactive in doing what we can today with gratitude and joy. God’s blessings!
So great to read this invitation into the life of “great gain.” Funny how we get it backwards, thinking that contentment lies just around the corner . . . after just one more acquisition or accomplishment when God is standing there waiting for us to be thankful in the moment.
You’re right, Michele. There’s always the temptation to chase after more. By God’s grace it is possible to be thankful for each day and live with joy. Thanks for joining the party, my friend!
Deb, you and Rev sound exactly like Danny and I in how we perceive living life to the fullest. We don’t need the newest or latest or greatest to know contentment and peace. It is found, for us at least, only in knowing the Lord and being grateful for each new day.
Oh, Martha, I’ve thought that often. I think we’d all be great IRL friends. Maybe someday the four of us will get the opportunity to sit down over lunch and enjoy a good gab fest! Blessings, dear friend!
This is the line that I most loved today:
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.”
Lord, may I live in the gratitude of all the blessings you have put in my life.
Praying you keep letting God focus your attention to his blessings and that you keep reminding us all!
Be Blessed & Refreshed,
That is my prayer as well, Sherry! Thanks so much for joining the party and stopping to say ‘hi.’ God bless you!
So much to be grateful for! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for hosting!
You’re welcome, Sherry! Thank you so much for joining the party.
Such a great perspective, Deb! Thank you for this. My husband and I haven’t been called boring, but definitely “old-fashioned,” and “silly.” God gives us both such satisfication in simply silliness, for example. Love your definition!!
Simply silly! I love it! We laugh a lot around here. A little laughter can turn any day into a joy fest! God bless you!
I feel like I am the “boring” friend. 😉 But that’s okay; sometimes people prefer that to the drama queens. ha. Contentment is a gift and I’m grateful that God has given that to us in this season of life!
I definitely do NOT need drama. I’ll take the “boring” friend any day! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining the party, Lisa.God bless you!
Thank you so much for featuring my post on Fear. Thanks for hosting so I can link up to your party. Have a fabulous week and I’ll see you back next week.
You’re so welcome, Barb! Loved your post! Enjoy a blessing-filled weekend!
Love this Deb! Such an encouragement. You’ve collected some great quotes! I’ll share this on my FB page:)
Thank you so much, Ginger! I so appreciate you! God bless!
When I take a moment to open each day with “Help Yourself, Lord, I’m Yours” that’s when my life is lived to the fullest. Loving your lists. I also love having fun which is all of the above. Great post, as always. Looking forward to sharing you w/ my readers in next month’s series: Every Table Tells a Story1
Thanks, Sue! I love your morning prayer. Beautiful! Looking forward to joining you next month! God bless you!
Okay, you got me with your post. I am not living life to the fullest. When I read you question about what would I do if six months was all I had to live that made me see clearly I want more time with the people I love. I need to make some changes. Thank you for opening up my eyes. Maree
Oh, Maree, thank you so much for joining the conversation and making yourself vulnerable. I think living with my eye on eternity changes my perspective and keeps me grounded. There are always things trying to fight against that attitude but it is my prayer. God’s blessings, I’m so thankful for you!
I’m always so encouraged by visiting with you, Deb. That Helen Keller quote is one of my favorites. I used to display it on the wall of my classroom when I was teaching.
Blessings, friend. xo
That’s awesome, Lyli! That’s an inspiring quote for any age. God’s blessings!
What would I do differently if I knew I only had 6 months to live? That is a great question, Deb! Like you, I don’t really think I’d do much differently. More time with loved ones, more time appreciating God’s blessings in this life, more time spent with Him, etc. Great collection of scriptures and quotes! Have a blessed week!
Thanks, June! Many blessings to you as well!
Deb- my husband and I would be boring too:) If I had 6 months to live, I would spend as much time I could with God and my family!
I think I would greedily eat my favorite foods too:)