Three lessons for living life to the max everyday!

Last week I had the pleasure of attending an event geared towards Christian women in Business and Ministry, and three guest speakers shared their thoughts.  I just have to laugh thinking back to it because what they shared was exactly what God had been already teaching and showing me and making me reflect upon 🙂 .  Although the focus was on business and ministry I have picked out three key lessons and adapted them so that they focus on living abundantly everyday. This topic is particularly important to me right now;  on Saturday I received news of the death of an uncle who to me is one of the nicest and kindest people I know.  In addition to this, I have lost two other relatives in the space of the last two weeks.  These deaths (all stress related) tell me that I should value every single day, living life to the max with no regrets.

Living life to the max lesson 1Know thyself

Knowing who you are is so important that even businesses value it, too many times we allow other people to shape and form our identity so that we end up being what other people want instead of who we are.  The more we live our lives for others, trying to please them, encourage them, support them and make them grow the less time we spend getting to know ourselves and doing things which strengthen, encourage and make us grow.  A good example of this are mothers who are left with an empty nest.  When the children go, and they no longer have anyone who needs them or takes up their time, they often find themselves feeling depressed and not knowing what to do next.  In addition to this, the common question of ‘who am I?’ is asked.  These thoughts herald the first signs of an identity crisis.

But identity crisis happens to nearly all of us at some point in time, maybe because we are tired of a job, have lost a loved one or face a health crisis.  The question of who we are is fundamental to living a life full of purpose, intrinsic worth and joy.  The more you know who you are the more you can act according to your knowledge and so your life takes on a property of purposefulness.  The key here is to stop pretending to be someone your not, stop living your life through or for others and start to discover your uniqueness, you do you best!

 

Living life to the max lesson 2 – Take action

What is the point of knowing something when you never take any follow through action?  Finding out who you are requires two things:

  1. reflective communication with God and
  2. experiential learning,

this will result in the increased ability to take empowered action.

Most of the time we don’t take action due to fear, fear is one if not the most disabling of emotions but guess what?  God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear!!!  The Spirit of the Divine is within us, that means that we have the spark and power to take action and work for God.  Alongside this we each have our own unique spirit; our spirit is dynamic by nature (John 3: 8) which means that it is geared towards action and movement.  Elijah’s spirit enabled him to perform miracles; Moses spirit also enabled him to judge Israel for forty odd years.  Our spirits are geared to take action, but most importantly our spirit knows exactly what action to take because it knows exactly who we are.  The key here is to reflect and then take action, learning everyday from our experiences until we begin to understand more of who we are.

Living life to the max lesson 3 – Small steps are best

I personally know how hard it is to take action particularly on those days when just getting out of bed is a struggle.   But you know what?  Sometimes the best action to take is a small step.  Most people have 3, 5 and 10 year plans and we are told to think of our short, mid and long term goals.  Most women spend ages writing to-do lists which hardly if ever are completed and the end result is frustration, depression and even feeling overwhelmed and hopeless.  Imagine how much simpler life would be if we just down-scaled!  How about instead of looking years ahead, we just focus on 1 day, 3 days or even a week ahead?  Yeshua said that we should not worry about tomorrow as today has enough worries of its own (Matthew 6: 34).

If there was one thing that you would want to do today what would it be?  That should be your goal for today.  It might seem strange but when you simplify your day into achieving a specific and tangible goal you will automatically prioritise, putting the most important goal for you first.  Plus, you are more likely to be filled with a sense of satisfaction, achievement and happiness on completion.  This in my eyes is the definition of a SMART goal!  Does that mean you can’t do anything else in the day?  Of course not, you can work other things around your smart goal, but  the emphasis should be on completing that goal. The key here is to focus on achieving one thing that means the most to us every single day.

Why not try to implement at least one of these keys and see the effect it has on your quality of life, if you find any benefits I would love for you to come back and share them with me.

xxx

NB:  This week I will be linking up at Come to the Table, so why not pull up a chair and come and join me…

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Comments

  1. Mel Thompson says

    Just shared your Step #3 with my 97 year old dad on the phone today (before I even read your post). I is so afraid that he is going to fall from his walker, he won’t take a step. “Dad, you need to take “small steps” first, before you can have the confidence to proceed down the hall. His response…? “Yeah, I SHOULD do that.” First small steps, then leaps and bounds to follow in our physical life and spiritual life too! As usual Sis, a terrific motivating post!!

    • says

      HI Mel, it just goes to show we are on the same wave length 🙂 But seriously, I am sorry to hear about your dad, I can understand his worries and fears but as you rightly said there is definitely no movement and growth without taking any steps forward. He is lucky to have such a supportive son instead of one who might be too afraid and wrap his dad in cotton wool. Just keep on speaking to him gently, he probably needs to get over the roadblocks in his mind, I will pray here too. xxx

  2. Kristina Schwende says

    You
    hit the nail right on the head with this post Florence! I experienced this truth with our recent move. We narrowed our search down to two houses. One was 1.5 hours away, the
    other 5 hours. We left the results completely in God’s hands. We asked God to
    open/close doors and that we would be OBEDIENT. We took small steps in faith
    and kept taking small steps where God opened doors. It was the most amazing
    experience of my life! I also like your idea of setting one main goal per day;
    something that we really want to do. Jesus died so that we could have and ENJOY
    life, not spend it grumbling through drudgery.

    • says

      Hi Kristina, your comment has really encouraged me because it is another tangible example of How God literally desires to Shepherd us and lead us in the path of righteousness!!! How amazing for you to have had that experience of submission and being obedient and then seeing the fruit of it 🙂

      I am convinced that the more we submit to His commandments, we will be astounded by how much life there is for us to live. xxxxxxxxx

  3. soulstops says

    Dear Achama,

    Such wisdom our loving Father God has shown you…and a great reminder…there is no substitute for time with Him because He knows us best, He will show us the way to go…I am sorry to hear that you have suffered the loss of a beloved uncle and 2 other relatives in the past 2 weeks…praying God comfort you and your family…love and hugs to you 🙂

    • says

      Hi Dolly, thank you for stopping by and thank you for your condolences, prayers and hugs xxx These lessons seem to be constant threads in my life at the moment, as I try to live out God’s directions to live each day simply until I reach that final goal. Definitely not always an easy task that’s why lesson #3 stands out for me the most, it is the simplest ,most practical and most encouraging/beneficial task I can do for myself. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. Amy Hagerup says

    This is so comforting to dwell on these lessons. And I love the verse that God has not given us the spirit of fear but of love and of power and of a sound mind! We must turn from our fears. And small steps ARE so important. I often tell my overwhelmed marketing friends – do just ONE thing. Don’t think of everything you need to do. Start with ONE THING! Thanks, Sister.

    • says

      Hi Amy, even though I wrote that quote reading them again in your comment shines a totally new light on it. Everything we need to not only go boldly forward but to do so for the benefit of others outside of us too!!! Powerful 🙂

      xxxxxxxx

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