Teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).
When you are living out God’s purpose for your life, your attitude towards time will change. You will find that you no longer waste time. We are only given so much time on earth; the average lifespan today is 75 years. We are all running out of time. But if you are operating in your purpose, you are utilizing your time rather than just going through the motions. Your purpose clarifies your use of time. Ephesians 5:16 says: “[Make] the most of time, because the days are evil.” We are to redeem, or buy back, our time. We can’t reverse the clock, but we can purchase time back. How do we do this? You can change the speed in which you are operating; you can pick up the pace to buy up the time you lost.
When you live out your purpose, you will live with passion. One of the ways you can recognize your purpose is that it will inflame you, ignite you, and stir up your heart. God’s purpose for you isn’t some dull, empty thing that makes you dread getting up every morning. It is a fire within the soul.
When you are living out your purpose, you will live with direction. Paul said: “I box in such a way, as not beating the air” (1 Corinthians 9:26). In other words, he’s not punching at nothing; his efforts are not just for show or out of obligation. Rather, he has direction, clarity, and focus that allow him to strike the target.