Living the Significant Life

What is a “significant life?” I think it is one which can be measured as having great worth and value–forged by carefully chosen crossroads leading to the sum of a life well spent. It is a life whose moments are not wasted on the banal and ordinary, but hallows the ordinary as sacred because God is there.

I am eternally grateful for meeting Christ at a very young and tender age; that He pulled me close and began to open my eyes to eternal matters–but I regret times I’ve wandered through the “ordinary” days, grumbled and complained as I trudged through the difficult days, and frivolously skipped carefree through seasons which could’ve been spent with more forethought and purpose.

As four decades of life are quickly coming to a close, the brevity of life as described in Psalm 90 bears heavy on my heart and one thing I know: All that matters is living for Christ.

I don’t want to waste another single moment of my life. I desire to bear fruit for Him until my last breath is taken. I desire to live all out for His glory–whatever that may look like in this season.

As a young woman, I took seriously the warnings of wise men of God, “Don’t miss out on God’s will for your life!” I wasn’t sure exactly what His will was for me, but I knew I sure didn’t want to “miss it!” Now that I’m older, His will seems more clear, single-focused, and less complicated. I can sum it up in two words: Glorify Him.

The driving passion of my life is expressed by God in Numbers 14:21:

Indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.

What does that look like? I believe Jesus gives us the answer in John 15:

My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.

As I write these words, tears are streaming down my face. Tears of sorrow, but also tears of hope. I sorrow that I’ve wasted moments, days, opportunities for fruitfulness–but I have hope for those which are before me.

I want to challenge you to stop what you are doing right now and consider these questions:

Is my life significant? How am I wasting my life? How am I being fruitful? What is the driving passion of my life? How can I best use the remaining time I have on earth to bring God glory?

Anyone care to share your answers?

About the Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller is a gifted communicator with a tenacious commitment to Scripture coupled with a compassionate, loving voice. She enjoys connecting with and welcoming people so they feel safe, valued, and deeply loved. People describe her as “wise,” “relatable,” and "fiercely gentle."

God has captured Paula’s heart, and she is passionate about sharing life-changing, gospel truths through the lens of her everyday, ordinary life as a wife, mom, neighbor, and church member. Paula is an insatiably curious, lifelong learner, so beware: she tends to ask a lot of questions of everyone near her (being careful not to overwhelm).
She served with Revive Our Hearts for fifteen years and wrote Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom. You can catch her writing on

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