How to Live a Fulfilled Life
"We waste our lives when we do not pray and think and dream and plan and work toward magnifying God in all spheres of life. God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is. In the night sky of this world God appears to most people, if at all, like a pinprick of light in a heaven of darkness. But he created us and called us to make him look like what he really is. This is what it means to be created in the image of God. We are meant to image forth in the world what he is really like. We are made to see and savor God-- and savoring him, to be supremely satisfied, and thus spread in all the world the worth of his presence. Not to show people the all-satisying God is not to love them. To make them feel good about themselves when they were made to feel good about seeing God is like taking someone to the Alps and locking them in a room full of mirrors."
- John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life
I've been thinking about this a lot today. I've wasted my life if I come to the end of it and people look at me and see all of my great accomplishments, rather than the God who has given me life, breath, and absolutely everything I have. A fulfilled life is not one where I make a great name for myself, but one where I demonstrate the worth of The Only One who is Truly Great.