Do you feel life is controlling you rather than you controlling it? Are you always reacting to “urgent demands”? Tired of being pushed and pulled in fifty directions? Never enough time to exercise? Eat well? Or get enough sleep? Well, friends, then this is for you!
There is a better way and you have more control than you may realize, and no, you do not have to move to a secluded island or an exotic foreign country. You can stop the rat race and start living in peace and in pace with God. How?
It all starts with prioritization: taking a good hard look at what really and truly matters to you down deep inside and aligning your activities to match what are called our “core values”. Let’s take Jesus for an example. Now there was a guy who had his priorities straight. Remember when his mother couldn’t find him for days after the festival, and when she finally found him in the temple, what did he say? “Did you not know I would be about my father’s business?” Or how about all the times he stopped to visit the sick, go to a friend’s house, or help out a neighbor in distress? He knew how short life is and he made each day count. Can we say the same?
So let’s say you want to lose 10 lbs. but can’t seem to find the time to exercise. Believe me, there is always a way to carve out 30 minutes to exercise. This is what I call “an excuse”. Sorry, but true.
Now you are the typical American who comes home exhausted after a long day at the office, eats dinner and then plops into the Lazy-Boy in front of the boob tube with a beer or a glass of wine.
There is a reason those chairs are named “Lazy-Boy” by the way.
Instead, you could put on your walking shoes, grab your favorite tunes and head outdoors for a brisk walk. It’s a win-win. You get in your 30 minutes of exercise AND you relax. Your align your activity – going for a walk – with your core values of being healthy, losing weight, and relaxing.
When we make time for what really matters, we will feel less frustrated and more in control of our lives. If we take the time to get clear about our core values, we won’t be side-tracked by every offer that comes along. It will simply be a matter of “Does this activity fit one of my core values?”
One last note, core values do change over time, so what was important 5 or 10 years ago, may not be so important today. Reevaluate every few years to make sure you are still following your heart and your dreams! Let me know your thoughts on this post and
Until next time, keep looking up!