“I’m just living life to the fullest.”

I’ve seen my generation say the statement above as an excuse to do drugs, sleep around and kiss strangers. We think living life means getting wasted, not remembering our actions, and living for ourselves. Somewhere along the road we have forgotten the real key (yes like DJ Khaled) to living life to the fullest.

See, living life to the fullest is not about being “young and crazy”. It is not about having the weirdest hookup stories, and it is not even about jumping off random cliffs. You live life to the fullest when you do life with the One who breathed life into you.

This world tells us while in college and high school we should “live it up”. We need to hookup with a bunch of babes, experience different drugs, shop at the best stores, and get 200 likes on an Instagram picture. But the Lord says over and over again that He is the only source for authentic joy. Only His life will satisfy our thirst.

Yes, you may feel like you are living life to the fullest on Friday night when you are wasted and surrounded by attractive people. But your hookup buddy cannot give you everlasting joy. Finally achieving your dream job will not bring you eternal happiness. Jumping off a cliff cannot give you the feeling of ultimate freedom. And yes, looking up videos of kittens while watching Netflix will only give you a temporary feeling of living life right.

See, when you adventure with Christ you live life to the fullest. When you say “yes” to Jesus, and “no” to the world, you begin the most beautiful relationship. When you wake up each morning and ask God how He can use you for His glory, instead of trying to bring glory to yourself, you find joy that cannot be contained.

Living life to the fullest is living for Christ. Living life to the fullest is going on the greatest adventure and dancing with your Creator. Living life to the fullest is following the Lord’s steps and allowing Him to take you where He leads you.

I’m not saying you need to stop climbing mountains, jumping off cliffs, or posting pictures on Instagram. You know what: go on road trips with your friends, climb a mountain, have sleepovers with your girlfriends even when you are 22, and watch Netflix. However, while you are adventuring through life do not forget to invite Christ to join you. Do not forget to ask Him where He wants you to go. Do not forget to shine for His glory wherever you go. Do not forget to build His Kingdom up with every move you make. Do not forget to be friends with the One who Created mountains, sunflowers and Sunday mornings.

The craziest adventure you can do is follow Jesus. The most spontaneous choice is deciding to give your life to the One who gave His life for you. Waking up each morning and asking Christ how He can use your hands and feet to build His Kingdom is crazy. It is different, it is not normal. However, it is living life to the fullest. And that is the kind of life I want to live.

Ephesians 5:1-2 “Therefore, imitate God like dearly loved children. Live your life with love, following the example of Christ, who loved us and gave himself for us. He was a sacrificial offering that smelled sweet to God.”

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Written by Grace Valentine

I love Jesus, diet coke and sunflowers. I wish I lived in the mountains, but love the two states I call home--Louisiana and Texas. I can watch Criminal Minds all day and dream of one day owning an ice cream truck for fun. However, my main goal in life is that more girls will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.


  1. Why would you want to say ‘no’ to the real world and real people, and let your god guide your path? Do you expect to just be led to your future? What would happen to god’s feelings if you forgot to ask him in the morning what to do with your hands? Why wouldn’t you use an opportunity like this to tell people to live for themselves and strive to do great things for themselves and the real people on this Earth? Do you think believing in a god can actually make you happy forever? Wouldn’t a dream career and real friends be preferable to dulling your experiences in the pretense of living for a god from a book?

    1. Yes I think I am happier with focusing on Christ and not of the world. God is working for the good of me, I trust Him. Each day I wake up and ask Him to reveal Himself in my life I have a better day. A dream career and popularity mean nothing compared to my relationship with God– and He has given me real friends! I disagree with your statement Jacob but respect you and wish you the best. Have a great day!

    1. My faith isn’t as perfect as it may seem from where you are looking. I still struggle but I remember God is my friend! I challenge you to talk to God like He is a friend and you can have a wonderful faith that can move mountains. God bless!

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