If you have ever seen the movie “Groundhog Day” you can’t help but feeling that you may have felt like it was your life story at some point. The same thing repeating over and over again. There is a conversation between Phil and Rita in the movie where they are trying to get to know each other for, who knows, the fiftieth time. It goes like this:
Rita: People place too much emphasis on their careers.
Phil: I wish we could all live in the mountains at high altitude.
That’s where I see myself in five years. How about you?
Rita: I agree. I like to go with the flow, see where it leads me.
Phil: It’s led you here.
Rita: It’s a million miles from where I started in college.
Where do you want to be in five or ten years? Looking back gives you some real perspective if you are able to do that. It’s hard. What do I want to do, where do I want to live, what does love feel like, what are your relationships like, how much money have you saved, where are you spiritually? All of these questions begin to lock in a vision of your life if you give yourself the freedom to do it.
Pretend you are a writer sitting down at your table or desk to write your own life story. What do you want it to be like? Often we add to few or too many roles and life is either disappointing or overwhelming. Jesus once said, “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’” Matt 5:37. Think about what you agree to do and what gives meaning to your life. Declutter as much as possible as early in life as you can because life is not found in the accumulation of things. Jesus also said, “What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.” Luke 12:29-32
This is really hard to do and you need someone to walk with you as you go about it unless you have an extremely strong will. Think about the clutter and the vision of where you want to be in five years or ten years and make a few notes in your journal today.