I have written twelve descriptions, purpose statements of different areas of life, behavior, attitude, and character. I have made these the standard that I am aiming to become. I probably will never fully reach or become my standard unless I live to be 200 years old, but I want to grow a little bit closer to it every day, a little bit every day, every day.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
I want to live my life as if I am in a race to win, not casually or comfortably, not in a casual stroll through life. I want to program my mind to believe that being slow and comfortable is boring, but fast and demanding is fun, that being busy is good.
Proverbs 10:4 Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.
A simple picture for me is a huge pile of gravel that I am shoveling into a wheelbarrow and wheeling to a construction site and dumping out. How many wheelbarrows of gravel will I deliver to the job site before I die. I want that final number to matter to me very much, every day, all the time.
Proverbs 12:27 A lazy man does not roast his prey,
But the precious possession of a man is diligence.
Proverbs 14:23 In all labor there is profit,
But mere talk leads only to poverty.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might;
I want to train myself to enjoy the feeling of being weary and tired, to see it as a sign that I have accomplished something with my life that matters. My flesh can easily wallow in self-pity when exhausted, but I want to take my negative thoughts captive and rejoice in the great honor of being able to serve the God of the universe.
John 17:4 I (Jesus) glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.
John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
I want to accomplish more in my lifetime than Jesus did. Not as a point of pride but because He said I could.
1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
God’s grace is God’s power. Grace is not an excuse to do nothing with my life; grace is doing more than Jesus did with His power.