So have you started to simplify your life, yet? Have you determined to get a grip on your schedule before you return to the busier fall routine?
Living with an intentional plan and purpose honors God.
So, let’s add 5 more ways to simplify…
5 More Things You Should Do
to Bless and Simplify Your Life
1. Make it a Point to Focus and Live In the Moment.
I like to believe I’m an accomplished multi-tasker. I’m not. The truth is . . . I’m easily distracted! So, I’ve realized that trying to do several things at once hinders my progress on each of them. One of my goals for “simplify your life week” is to focus on doing one thing at a time and doing it well for God’s glory.
“Multitasking is the art of doing twice as much as you should half as well as you could.” ~ Author Unknown
Ouch! I think I need to make that into a sign for my office.
2. Refuse to Compare Your Life With Anyone Else’s.
Just stop! Seriously! You only see the cover of their book. Remember that everyone’s individual pages are filled with challenges and struggles.
Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.Ecclesiastes 4:4
I try to remember that God has not equipped me for someone else’s life. He has intentionally and purposefully equipped me for mine.
He doesn’t leave us to do it alone. He is with us always willing and able to help.
3. Know the Difference Between Your Wants and Your Needs.
It’s easy to think we “need” something when the truth is we want it. Just asking the question is a good place to start.
My dad taught us a great way to determine what’s really important. Time is a precious commodity. So, my dad would have us figure out how many hours we would have to work to pay for the item or invest in the activity. (For example, if an individual makes $20 dollars an hour, and they want something that costs $150, it will actually cost them a day of their life.)
My dad would then ask us, “Are you willing to give up a day to have that item?” After that, he would tell us what the $150 would be worth in 5 years if we invested it at the current rate of interest. Then he’d ask us how important we thought that purchased item would be to us in 5 years.
The good part is he didn’t say no, he just helped us more wisely determine what was really important.
4. Write a Personal Mission Statement.
Having a Personal Mission Statement helps in making choices based on our values and goals and living with a clear and intentional sense of purpose.
- Click here to learn more about writing your personal mission statement.
Jesus knew His mission, His purpose. He knew the plan and He lived it … in the process, He gave us a clear example of how intentional living should look.
“There is no one who is insignificant in the purpose of God.” – Alistair Begg
5. Work Together as a Family to Make a “Simplify Your Life” Plan.
Get together and discuss your family goals and values. Work on a family mission statement and then use them as you work on the family’s calendar. Make it your goal to create a more balanced plan that allows you opportunities to spend time together as a family.
I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future.Jeremiah 29:11 (NCV)
Once again, let’s go to the Lord in prayer…
A Prayer to Bless and Simplify Your Life
with Intention and Purpose
Father, thank you for this life You have given me. Thank you for my family and friends and all the people You use to bless and encourage me each day. Your Word says that “Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:16) You uniquely made me for Your plans and purposes.
Please forgive me for focusing on my wants and selfishly doing things my way. Forgive me for comparing myself and my life to the posts and pictures I see on social media. Please help me see me as You see me. Please help me strive to do my best at being the person You created me to be.
Father, please help us as a family to make You the center of our lives. Help us intentionally live according to Your will for us. Help us focus on Jesus and the things that You say are most important. Help us make loving You and loving others an important part of our mission as we use the gifts and abilities You have given to us. Guide us. Help us. Bless us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
What if the true blessing of a simplified life is enjoying contentment and satisfaction. Imagine your life free of comparison while living each day with purpose fully present in the moment . . . it sounds awesome, doesn’t it?
I believe that’s the blessing God wants for us.
So, may we…
Look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect.Hebrews 12:2
And with His help, may we keep it simple and faithfully count our blessings.
That’s the list. We’d love to hear your favorite tip . . . the one that helps you bless and simplify your life.
God bless you with His peace, joy, and contentment.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
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