Life is terrible.

At least, that’s what you would conclude from listening to many people. Conversations are bleak complaining sessions with the refrain, “ain’t it awful.”

Facebook and Twitter posts revert to social murmur and group grumble.

Each day we watch, listen, and contribution to the disheartened spirit of life.

Is your life really that bad? While most would believe they need (or deserve) more money, bigger houses, or longer vacations, are you really that depressed and deprived?

A person who lives a desperate life is distinct from a person who lives a significant life.

What does a significant do that the desperate person does not do?

The apostle Paul languished between guards in a Roman prison. He was awaiting a trial on trumped-up charges. He had every reason to see the darkness rather than the sunshine.

Listen to his words,

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
(Philippians 4:8)

He knew how to make life significant.

You live a significant life…

  • When you are more satisfied with what you have than dissatisfied with what you lack.
  • When the joy of children is more important than the complaints of adults.
  • When each day, you lay your head on your pillow with the thought, “I’ve done the best I can.”
  • When our minds expand more than our waistlines.
  • When our spouses know we love them more than anything else.
  • When plans for this life are cast in the context of eternity.
  • When you live with faith and not fate.
  • When the morning sun brings you hope rather than dread.
  • When you find good in work that less than ideal but do good work anyway.
    When excellence eclipses perfection.
  • When people fill your life rather than things filling your space.

You cannot choose your circumstances in life, but you can decide how you let conditions impact your life. Will you select significance over desperation?