For a few months while I was in college, my friends and I were engaged in a full scale (yet friendly) prank war. It was guys versus girls in a game of who could out-do who, and it escalated to a point where, to preserve our friendships, we actually drafted and signed a “Prank War Manifesto” to make sure we didn’t go too far.
One of the girls had this 3 foot tall wooden fork and spoon set that hung on the wall in her kitchen, and the guys managed to smuggle them out of the house one night. To get even, the girls rallied a few days later and went over to the guys’ house when we knew they would all be in class. We shimmied in through the bathroom window and ransacked their kitchen, making out with all of their silverware—even grabbing the dirty ones from the sink and dishwasher—to hold as ransom until the other items were returned. For a day or two the guys got by eating their cereal with large serving spoons before they finally agreed to make the trade.
These prank war episodes were punctuated by midterms, football games, camping trips, and coffee addictions. But in the midst of all of the fun and frivolity of life at Oregon State, we also were trying to sort out what exactly it was we wanted our lives to be about. We had made our Prank War Manifesto, but the guidelines of how we would live the rest of our life seemed a bit murky at times.
Even now as I launch into my thirties, I sometimes feel like I could use a clear manifesto on just what exactly I’m supposed to be pursuing with my life.
As I make decisions about how I use my time, what habits and patterns I establish, the people I surround myself with, and the education and careers I pursue, do I ever pause long enough to ask what it is I’m hoping to accomplish when all is said and done?
Life can be about a lot of things. At the end of the day, when I look back, I want to know that my life, my days, and my decisions were being used for the right things.
One of the verses I keep coming back to is Micah 6:8:
“He has shown you what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
3 things. I can try and do those three things. I think the world would be a little bit better if all of us learned how to do these three things a little bit better together.
What are you hoping to accomplish with your life? What do you need to say no to, in order to be able to say yes to the right things?