Have you ever lived far from your immediate family members? Are there actually times where in you get so overwhelmed with so many things in your life? Is there a time wherein all you think about is your job? Your bills to pay? Your problems in life?
How stressful can that be?
Have you ever longed to meet people who can assist you when it comes to setting your mindset back on track? Do you wish to meet more people whom you can call close acquaintances, friends or even family? Have you ever longed to have a place where you could call a home away from home? Have you ever asked where God is in your life right now?
If so, I do hope you’ll finish reading this because I’m inviting you into a simple event/ gathering at the end of this post.
What does it mean to live a life of significance? Does it mean becoming rich? Is it becoming famous? Or is it achieving success in life? These are some of the questions that I wish to answer in this short post.
As as a kid, I usually get high grades. I may not have graduated with medals and honors but I was always part of the top 5 of our class. I never failed a subject, was a conduct awardee and was often praised by my teachers for being a good boy.
Back then, all I could see is that I’m so good, amazing and magnificent. When I become an adult, I’ll be rich, popular and successful.
Fast forward to the present. Right now, I’m 26. I’ve been staying in Manila for that past 5-6 years or so and honestly, I’m not rich, successful nor popular.
I’m not rich, it is true that I was good at saving. With a starting salary package of 15,000php on my first job, I somehow was able to save about a hundred thousand on my first year of working and more on the succeeding years.
However, I eventually lost majority of my savings in a franchise business venture that we’ve invested about 3 years ago (2014). I can’t blame the franchisor though because everything was written in black and white. Sales just didn’t meet our expectations. I then came to realize that money is not everything. I learned that being rich does mean living a life of significance.
I’m not popular. I really wanted to earn different titles few years back, I got the title of Registered Nurse (RN) for my college degree. I was once a Quality Evaluator on one of the top BPO companies in the country. I also became an insurance advisor (IA) and a Certified Investment Solicitor (CIS) for one the leading insurance companies in the country. I also spent money and took up an 8-week certification program, to earn the title of Registered Financial Planner (RFP).
In the end, I just came to realize that these are not actually the things that could give meaning to my life. (Well, at least for now, because my dream of spreading financial literacy to people still remains). I learned that being popular does mean living a life of significance.
I’m not successful. (At least, not yet). I thought I was already successful when I graduated in college at 20. I thought I was already successful when I started earning at 21. I thought I was already successful when I first invested in stocks when I was 22. I thought I was already successful when I started my very first business at 23. I thought I was already successful when I got my first insurance policy when I was 24. I thought was already successful after earning different titles as I reach 25.
Yes, these can be milestones, and to others, these achievements may already mean success, but for me, there is still something that’s missing… I learned that being successful does mean living a life of significance.
So Jeyps, if being rich, popular and successful doesn’t really mean living a life of significance, then what should we do and aim for?
Well, it’s quite simple actually. Though it can be hard as well. Because living a life of significance all boils down to simple things.
Just ponder on these, right now, you may have money to support your needs, you may have a couple of assets that you are proud of, people know you for your credentials and achievements, but remove all of these, what is your identity? Without money, who are you? Without your achievements, what are you to the people around you? Do they look up to you because you have this title? This job? This income statement? Think about it, what is your impact to lives of people around you?
How do you live a life of significance?
- Find time to meet up with old friends.
- Talk to that person whom you care about.
- Take time to listen to the stories of people around you.
- Give your honest advice about their struggles (just make sure it won’t be offensive to them.)
- Be open to the feedback of others.
- Assess and take time doing the things that you love. Consider how these things will affect others?
- Be the person whom people can trust without any doubts.
- And above all else, be sure to consult God in every decision and action that you will be making.
These and many more of some of the simple things that I believe can make you have that sense of significance in your life. As I shared above, I had a couple of realizations after living far from home for the past 6 years, Right now, I don’t think achievements and credentials matter, because I believe that the best way to live a life of significance by being a positive impact in the lives of others through touching their lives in your own simple way.
How about you? What are you right now? Are you rich, successful, or popular?
Yes? No? That doesn’t matter. But above anything else, the most important question is…
Are you living a life of significance?
“I have come that they may have life, life in it’s fullness.”
P.S. Are you living or working somewhere close to FullyBooked BGC in Taguig? Want to know more about how to live a life of significance? And as mentioned above, want to meet more people to call as friends, family, and even a home away from home? If so, I encourage you to come and visit us at Life Ministries BGC every Thursdays from 6pm-8pm at the 4th floor of FullyBooked BGC. We’re having a simple fellowship program which is open for all. We’re giving out free food (currently sponsored by Jollibee as of time of writing), a time of praise and worship, you’ll get to meet more people whom I believe you can call family outside your family and above all else, I believe it’s also a place where you can somehow feel God’s presence and unconditional love.
*Don’t worry, everything’s absolutely free. 🙂 Hope to see you on one Thursday soon.!
I hope this article taught you something about how to achieve success.
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