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?

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About the Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller

Paula has served with Revive Our Hearts for thirteen years. She is the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom. There's nothing she loves to share more than the gospel-centered truths that have so transformed her own life: what it means on a daily basis to be "dead to sin, alive to God, and in Christ Jesus." Paula, Trevor, and their son, Iren, make their home in New York.